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Beasts of the Southern Wild
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What is also extraordinary is that almost all the people we see are actors. So this is not a documentary but a moving enactment by people who are themselves moved."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A beautiful, strange tone poem about childhood and innocence."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A cute, but meandering story of growing up alone and having to fend for oneself even when there's help to be received."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Prepare to be moved and inspired by this unique masterpiece."
‑ Mary Clare Waireri, Fan The Fire
"In his willingness to ignore convention, Zeitlin does reveal a confidence that few first-time directors display. He's made a film that's the antithesis of Hollywood's summer mind-set."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"The atmosphere Zeitlin develops here is moist with promise and danger, and he moves back and forth between outright fable and pungent reality with an astounding sureness of vision for a first-time director."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"One of the ten best films of 2012."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Rage Monthly
"Beasts of the Southern Wild is the reason we go to movies."
‑ Mark Sells, The Reel Deal
"For all its curiosities and loose ends, Beasts of the Southern Wild casts a formidable spell."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"A dreamy but strikingly immediate and frayed-at-the-edges, child's-eye view of life on the margins of America."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
""Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a film to get lost in."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A strangely different and slightly magical film."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Yearns to find eternal truths under impossible circumstances, and succeeds with flying colors by my watch."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"A startling debut feature - this year's "Winter's Bone," but a film all the more magical because we sense that even Zeitlin, as sharp as his eye undoubtably is, will never be able to duplicate it."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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