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Beasts of the Southern Wild


Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality.

PG-13 In Theaters 06/27/2012 , 91min.
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Critic score based on 41 reviews

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March 11, 2013
fburcaw, I bet all of your reviews for any motion picture is the same....for all the obvious reasons.
January 24, 2013
boring - cannot believe this was one of the 10 best films of 2012
January 21, 2013
Little girl was incredible, not a polished movie...looked like amateur student movie, left me scratching my head as to what was the message.
January 13, 2013
It tried to do far too much. The plot covered more than it reasonably could, and left you feeling as though it was unexplained at the end. Metaphors layered upon metaphors piled up, and the movie simply tried to be too much.
January 11, 2013
\"Hushpuppy\" was terrific. I \"get\" the story and have known people like this, have seen suffering and lived through two of the worst recent hurricanes. With all of the symbolisms and messages taken into consideration, I still thought it was one of the worst movies I have ever watched all the way through; a wasted, very looooong 91 minutes.

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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
This movie is a blast of sheer, improbable joy, a boisterous, thrilling action movie with a protagonist who can hold her own alongside Katniss Everdeen, Princess Merida and the other brave young heroines of 2012. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Maybe the best way to describe Beasts of the Southern Wild is faux-k art. Even Hushpuppy's name suggests an author more interested in the folk- and foodways of a culture-with-a-capital-C than the people who comprise it. Too often, she and her peers are presented as curios to be exhibited rather than as fully realized -- if resolutely un-mythic -- human beings. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Director Benh Zeitlin and his co-writer Lucy Alibar, a playwright whose "Juicy and Delicious" was the inspiration, have created characters that are wondrously indelible, distinctive of voice and set them inside a story that will unleash a devastating hurricane, and a flood of emotions, before it is done. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
It's unlikely there will be a film as visually stunning or poetic this year - or perhaps any year - to rival Beasts of the Southern Wild. Full Review

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