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12 Years A Slave Review

12 Years A Slave Rating: 3.92/5

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand’s Verdict (CNN IBN)

There are enough scenes of brutal violence in 12 Years a Slave to make your skin crawl. Nicely shot and paced, the film works because it breathes with reality. McQueen drives every scene to the core of its emotions, and their cumulative emotional effect is devastating. I’m going with four out of five for 12 Years a Slave. It’ll leave you shocked, ashamed, angry and overwhelmed.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World (Hindustan Times)

Salman Khan once said that going to a movie should be like going to a nightclub. If you believe that then don’t step into this one. But if you want to experience a film that is, in equal parts, brilliant and brutal, then head to a theater now. 12 Years a Slave is a difficult film but please don’t let that deter you. This is a great movie, which will enrich you. It deserves your time. I’m going with four and a half stars.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

Steve McQueen’s relentless motion picture captures it all, from the bodies to the trees, from the pastoral scenes to the twisted mouths. 12 Years A Slave is an admittedly rough watch, but it is a conventional one, an old-fashioned swallow of bitter cinematic tonic for audiences too used to their spoonfuls of silver-screen sugar.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site:Mid Day

Some of the plot points are a tad clichéd, and the final scene is full of saccharine, coming dangerously close to mawkish territory. That makes it a well-made and well-acted motion picture that will win a lot of awards, but one that is merely ordinary, given the talent driving it. Luckily even an ordinary film from McQueen is better than most of the stuff out there.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Rohit Khilnani Site:Headlines Today

12 Years a Slave is one of the best movies ever made on American slavery. British director Steve McQueen has succeeded in bringing on celluloid the pain of slavery in every single scene of the film. It’s an adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup. Must I add that it’s very brave of Brad Pitt to produce this one.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site:DNA

It isn’t as thrilling as Django Unchained or engaging as The Butler, so patience is the key if you want to actually live through this experience. There are several moments of depression and insane human atrocity, so those with a weak stomach might have a reason to worry. Towards the end we forget about the hundreds of other Solomon’s whose stories and lives never got an audience. 12 Years a Slave has some outstanding performances that put the film on top of the must watch list.

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Ratings:– Review By: Deepanjana Paul Site:First Post

There are obvious reasons why it may seem like a good idea to give 12 Years A Slave a miss. It’s not funny, it’s brutal, and it is depressing. So why watch an overwhelmingly sad film about a man who spends 12 years as a slave in faraway America, back in the 19th century? What does it matter to you and me here in India? Why suffer more than two hours of a cinematic lecture about a culture and history that isn’t ours? Because 12 Years A Slave is about something we’d all like to believe we have: the human spirit.

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