Beasts of the Southern Wild
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 27, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A beautiful, strange tone poem about childhood and innocence.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It will not only stir your soul, but also open your mind to the possibility of a real-life Promised Land.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Geoffrey O'Brien
The New York Review of Books

In all that profusion there are some few films where the watery element so predominates as to create a kind of pool for the mind: Jean Vigo's L'Atalante was one such, Beasts of the Southern Wild is another.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A dreamy but strikingly immediate and frayed-at-the-edges, child's-eye view of life on the margins of America.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a film to get lost in.

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Francesca Steele
Independent (UK)

Beasts of the Southern Wild, a deliciously dreamy tale about a fictional Bayou community in the backwaters of Louisiana, does not so much jump off the screen as float effortlessly off it.

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Carlos Magalhães
A spellbinding film that uses a shaky handheld camera (and grainy image) together with a lot of visual poetry to create a combination of naturalism and fantasy,… More
Cynthia S.
An interesting movie. Not sure that I get the significance of it all. I found it sad, and confusing. People seemed to do things without any discernible reason.… More
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Sunny Dogra
'Beasts of the Southern Wild' will be remembered as one of the strongest debuts a director has ever released. The film is touching, original, and… More
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A skilled, unique film in the vein of "Winter's Bone" concerning a young girl (Quvenzhane Wallis) and her hot-tempered father (Dwight Henry),… More