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Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews

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June 19, 2020
In Benh Zeitlin's audacious post-Katrina, African American folk story, a female Huck Finn fights to survive the storm with a grouchy, drunken, difficult daddy.
March 31, 2020
The brilliant, original four-hankie dystopian family drama from New Orleans newcomer Benh Zeitlin far surpassed any expectations for a scruffy $1.5 million effort from an unknown film collective...
February 27, 2020
A monumentally original fable.
April 10, 2019
"Southern Wild" is a hypnotic bit of cinematic poetry that is as vivid as its lead character's imagination.
February 27, 2019
Beasts [of the Southern Wild] has the contradictory, inevitable, glorious feel of a myth, a folk tale about a place that never was but is everywhere, in a time that's entirely now and could have been decades ago.
February 22, 2019
The movie's mad gusto is truly infectious.
February 4, 2019
Like some wonderful kind of live-action Studio Ghibli effort that has somehow found its way across the Pacific and onto America's ravaged, weather-beaten doorstep.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 28, 2018
[Beasts of the Southern Wild] brings a way of life into focus, albeit through the repeated use of the shaky cam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 7, 2018
The movie gave us something big and real... the sense of forced uplift I got from the swelling music and pushy voice-over actually does reflect how a child thinks and responds to tragedy.
July 3, 2018
This beautiful film, anchored by non-professional actors inside of a wrecked world, is one of the most wrenchingly wonderful fantasies of 2012.
April 30, 2018
The film is such a convincing, fully realized, and overpowering achievement that begrudging its popular and artistic success is feckless.
January 26, 2018
Amongst the giants this year, this film by first-time director Benh Zeitlin can be overlooked. But without it, true fantasy is lost.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 9, 2018
Beasts of the Southern Wild trades in quasi-folkloric whimsy, fantastical contraptions, and a very slick and deliberate sort of visual roughness.
January 2, 2018
The film aims for something timeless and achieves it.
September 7, 2017
It will not only stir your soul, but also open your mind to the possibility of a real-life Promised Land.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 21, 2017
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.
August 11, 2017
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.
November 14, 2016
It's an amazing vision. A work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2016
Hushpuppy, a six-year-old with no superpowers, no great destiny, not even much by way of contact with the outside world, is a more active female protagonist than 99% of [Hollywood heroines].
July 13, 2015
In a time when the cynicism of the real world often mandates the tone of our films, here is one that acknowledges it all with unwavering joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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