Beans

critic Reviews

, 91% 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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    Alexandra MacAaronWomen's Voices for Change
    'Beans' is not a masterpiece, but it’s a significant debut. I look forward to watching Deer hone her craft as a filmmaker — perhaps next time with a bigger budget and wider distribution. Because I’m sure she still has stories to tell.
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    Dan BayerNext Best Picture
    With Kiawentiio’s sensitive performance at its center, Beans accumulates power as it goes thanks to Deer’s thoughtful direction.
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    Jade BudowskiDecider
    Beans is a necessary, stirring piece of art that serves as both a poignant coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking history lesson.
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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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