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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Proving himself a world-class director, McQueen basically makes slaves of us all. It hurts to watch it. You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    12 Years a Slave has some of the awkwardness and inauthenticity of a foreign-made film about the United States. The dialogue of the Washington, D.C., slave traders sounds as if it were written for "Lord of the Rings." White plantation workers speak in standard redneck cliches. And yet the ways in which this film is true are much more important than the ways it's false. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The harrowing 12 Years a Slave is a mesmerizing period drama for the ages. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Movie audiences have never been presented with anything quite like the intertwined beauty and savagery of 12 Years a Slave. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    McQueen has made a film comparable to “Schindler’s List” — art that may be hard to watch, but which is an essential look at man’s inhumanity to man. It is wrenching, but 12 Years a Slave earns its tears in a way few films ever do. show more

  • 90
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Perhaps the nature of the story is such that the film can’t help but be obvious and quite melodramatic at times, but it gets better as it goes along and builds to a moving finish. show more

  • 86
    William Goss Film.com

    Ejiofor’s tightly clenched conviction perfectly embodies hope and righteousness against all odds. He gives the best performance of his career to date, and what’s more, he gives “Slave” its bruised, beating heart with every scene. show more

  • 100
    Bob Mondello NPR

    It is Ejiofor — bewildered, sorely tested, morally towering — whose staggered dignity anchors the film. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    While this is very much a McQueen picture, with visual flourishes and motifs unmistakably his, the historical urgency and staggering injustice of the events keep McQueen and company utterly honest in their approach and in their collective act of imagining Solomon Northup's odyssey to hell and back. show more

  • April 19, 2014 Rhoda
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    I CRIED WHEN I SAW THIS MOVIE. IT WAS SO SAD AND IT LITERALLY MADE ME ILL. HOW ANYONE CAN TREAT A HUMAN BEING LIKE THAT

  • March 28, 2014 jg00000000187582
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    Best movie of the year, not by a long shot.

  • March 08, 2014 cpenycpeny
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    One of the greatest movies I have seen. There is a lot of feelings and emotion in this movie

  • March 08, 2014 docmentorcoach
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    Poignant, moving and sad, but well done and deserving all the attention it's received.

  • March 07, 2014 ep00000000185016
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    There is something wrong with a movie that has a higher critic score than viewer score.

  • March 06, 2014 carolyn
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    I saw this movie and thought it was great. Would recommend it.

  • March 03, 2014 yopeepsrl
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    SAME OLE , SAME OLE

  • March 03, 2014 Shirley
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    I found this movie laborious. Why it was nominated is beyond me.

  • March 03, 2014 ramfanjim1
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    What a crock of crap..............The only other award this movie won was best supporting actress and Gravity wins 7 or 8 awards but NOT best picture...Like I said "What a crock of Crap".

  • February 25, 2014 ssass3101
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    extremely borning worst movie I ever saw and I am 60

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