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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: 338
  • Fresh: 323
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

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

Watched the movie twice IN A ROW !!!

This movie was fantastic
Great cast and an outstanding performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor and michael fassbender !!

Brutal, But Brilliant

An amazing film by Steve McQueen (no, not the Towering Inferno guy). Like his other masterpieces and collaborations with Michael Fassbender, he pulls no punches and while it’s harsh, it’s honest. My take away from this film, is that though you may try to break a man, you can’t break his spirit.

Outstanding. Brilliant. Incredible.

One of the best movies of this year. A must watch. Definitely deserving of 9 oscar nominations.

12 Years a Slave
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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