Reviews: Fences (2016)

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  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: Troy’s dance with oblivion goes on a little too long—Fences feels like it could end at any point in its last twenty minutes—but a little bit of dawdling is worth it when it means more time with this cast.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A poignant screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play in which Denzel Washington stokes the fire in his belly.
  • Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered
    • Excerpt: Fences is old-school Americana that’s driven by dynamite performances all around, albeit a bit stuffy in nature.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Glenn Erickson @ CineSavant
    • Excerpt: So this year, lo and behold, several good movies starring African-Americans jockeyed for attention at the Oscars.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
    • Excerpt: FENCES comes at a time when many consider the myth of a post-racial America without discussing the scars of white supremacy, how it cripples and imprisons.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Fences’ doesn’t blaze any new trails, but it tells a difficult, vital, uniquely American story.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: I’ve personally never held a stagey aesthetic against a film as long as the performances prop up the script’s location shortcomings and ensure every word uttered is done so with pure authenticity. Mike Nichols accomplished this success with his debut Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Denzel does the same here within this intimate 1950s-era Pittsburgh backyard.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Nerdist.com
    • Excerpt: Fences‘ performances are hands down some of the best of the year.
  • James Roberts @ Glide Magazine
    • Excerpt: Washington serves double duty here as director, guiding the cast through their beats to craft a film that’s utterly, devastatingly human.