12 Years a Slave
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cumulative emotional effect is devastating: the final scenes are as angry, as memorable, as overwhelming as anything modern cinema has to offer."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The power of McQueen's movie is in its declaratory style: This happened. That is all, and that is everything."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Lupita Nyong'o is the emotional epicenter of the entire film."
‑ Clayton Davis, AwardsCircuit.com
"An uncompromising look at slavery in the Antebellum South. Anchored by career-defining performances by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o, director Steve McQueen brings his assured directorial mind to a harrowing, but necessary picture."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"While the praise for 12 Years a Slave has been rather overblown, it's still a recommendable film due to its incredible cast, which helps cover up its weaknesses."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"So overpowering is this film's simple, horrible, and almost entirely true story that it's hard to get enough distance on 12 Years a Slave to poke at its inner workings."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"It is a film that necessity and education demand seeing."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Ejiofor's low-key, naturalistic acting mode is ideal for conveying Northup's self-control and intelligence. And Fassbender avoids turning the malevolent Epps into a one-note nemesis."
‑ John P. McCarthy, America Magazine
"There are no false pretenses or unnecessary charging, instead, there is patience and time. The moments of suspension often become the biggest delight."
‑ Anna Tatarska, Movie Mezzanine
"This is a truly impressive piece of filmmaking."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Every scene of 12 Years a Slave, and almost every shot, conveys some penetrating truth about America's original sin."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"It provokes recognition in us of the very heart of darkness. It makes the unimaginable imaginable."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"McQueen works from ferocity to felicity. Scenes of body horror bear higher emotional stakes than your average horror film. It's a film of few kindnesses and many graces."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Much of it is difficult to watch, but '12 Years a Slave' is that rare film that's both important in its message and a darned good film all the same."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"O que nos torna racistas não é o preconceito que exercemos de maneira ativa, mas a intolerância contra as mais diversas minorias que simplesmente nos mostramos incapazes de perceber."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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