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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 259
- Fresh: 250
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 9.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Every scene of 12 Years a Slave, and almost every shot, conveys some penetrating truth about America's original sin.
Fresh: So overpowering is this film's simple, horrible, and almost entirely true story that it's hard to get enough distance on 12 Years a Slave to poke at its inner workings.
Fresh: 12 Years a Slave isn't simply a masterpiece, it's a milestone. This, at last, really is history written with lightning.
Fresh: The cumulative emotional effect is devastating: the final scenes are as angry, as memorable, as overwhelming as anything modern cinema has to offer.
This is art. I don't care what anyone says. It's art. Steve McQueen is a genius and everything he touches turns into gold. 12YAS is gross, hard to watch and disturbing, a Schindler's List for our time. It portrays a dark time in humanity without much of a filter. It's Best Picture worthy, best film of the 2010s worthy, and any other list in between. Art should make you a better person, and dammit if 12YAS didn't do just that.
Best movie of the year!
If you consider history & emotional content this is the best film of the decade. Michael Fassbender is awesome as the white southern slave owner. I never felt the pain of absolute ownership before. This film true, based on the truth or somewhat true it doesn’t matter. If it were pure fiction it would still be the truth and still the best film of 2010-2013!
Thrilling, tragic, devastating
It's still hard to imagine that 1840 was less than 200 years ago. What slavery did was destroy not only black families, but the spirit and dignity of an individual's soul. Black people were commodities to be used, traded, and killed at the whim of an owner. For a new country founded on the enlightened democratic theories and principles of enlightened thinkers, it's important to always remember that for slaves there was never a chance for life, liberty, or the pursuit of anything close to happiness. Such a harsh reality, it was difficult to watch some scenes, and even harder to imagine that it lasted for hundreds of years.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2013
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