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12 Years a Slave

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Steve McQueen

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About the Movie

From director Steve McQueen and based on Solomon Northup’s astonishing true story comes this powerful winner of three 2013 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). In 1841, Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free citizen, is kidnapped, stripped of his identity and sold into slavery. Now, he must find the strength to survive in this unflinching story of hope.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 304
  • Fresh: 291
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 9.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 13, 2015

Fresh: It is so fluent and so certain -- both in its humanism and its depiction of institutionalised savagery. – Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age, May 23, 2016

Fresh: Easily the most powerful, compelling, devastating, and just plain blunt film about slavery ever made, Steve McQueen's adaptation of Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, 12 Years a Slave is a raw and searing indictment. – Gary Dowell, Dark Horizons, Jan 13, 2015

Fresh: McQueen depicts the horrific experiences of Solomon Northup, the free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, in utterly unflinching fashion. The film's strength lies in its frankness and avoidance of either sentimentality or Quentin Tarantino-style irony. – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK), Jan 13, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Why you should watch this movie

You shouldn't watch this movie for the actress who won an award. You should watch it for the great directing, cinematography, acting, and music score. It did not when awards for the "subject" matter. It won awards for the beautiful shots that were taken (best picture) and great acting. You HAVE to like character development/story in order to enjoy it. For those who say it's slow and a waste of time are action movie fans at the most.

One of the best movies of this decade.

This is one of the best movies I have seen. The compilation, presentation and reality of the movie are outstanding. I could not help holding my tears. It not only tells the sad tale of human history and the dark depths we come from, but also is an indirect illustration of the tyranny of racism, be it due to skin, religion, attitude, country etc. A must watch for everyone.

An amazing revelation

This film is disturbing but it is a brutal realization on the darkest time in history and deserves to be seen

12 Years a Slave
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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