Beans

critic Reviews

, 90% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Beans opens a compelling window into the indigenous coming-of-age experience -- and serves as an affecting debut for Kiawentiio.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    It makes for ideal viewing during Native American Heritage Month. But parents should be made aware it deals frankly with a variety of issues.
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    Ronda Racha PenriceTheWrap
    To Deer's credit, she does not back down from the cruelty that older, white people demonstrate toward the community, including children. (Archival footage of the real incident more than backs up Deer's portrayal.)
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    Nick AllenRogerEbert.com
    It's not hard not to feel that an even more resonant film would go deeper into what's underneath these various landmarks of maturity and identity, instead of predominantly just pointing them out.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    This is the first fictional film directed by the documentarian Tracey Deer, and she brings a good eye for which characters might make a compelling story.
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    Guy LodgeVariety
    "Beans" is a thoughtful, stirring reflection by someone who survived it all, quietly demanding acknowledgement not just of her land, but of her life.
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    Jude DryindieWire
    If rendering their stories artfully through a camera lens opens just one mind, then "Beans" is already an unmitigated triumph.
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    Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatSpirituality & Practice
    An indigenous girl's coming of age as a warrior protecting tribal lands.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    The director has all my respect for what she went through and for trying to do something with it, but there's so much room to improve here in terms of filmmaking and storytelling.
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    Leslie CombemaleAWFJ Women on Film
    We could use more of these films to help guide girls through their self discovery, and help families support them on their journey.
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    Wendy ShreveFeaturing Film
    Beans underscores the continuing fight to protect indigenous land, native culture and tradition. One cannot help but be moved by this powerful story.
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