Reviews: Antebellum (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: While everything comes together in the film’s third act, this is the type of film that suffers upon reflection. Still its depiction of slavery presents real, vivid horror and its relevance in today’s troubling times is undeniable
  • M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: Award-winning musical artist Janelle Monáe stars as a successful author trapped in a horrifying reality as a captive slave in the visually beautiful horror-thriller Antebellum. From directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz in their feature-length debut, the film is a piecemeal of sociopolitical ideas that loosely come together in the end but ultimately, fail to resonate in any meaningful way for making this a memorable production.
  • Mark Harris @ Black Horror Movies
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Thank the movie heavens for Lionsgate proudly taking a chance on something as audacious, confrontational, and sure to be divisive as “Antebellum.”
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: This may be the most intelligent and provocative horror film of the year.
  • [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: While Antebellum is a gorgeous film to look at, and has admirable goals in mind, it misses on most accounts, falls into all-too-common traps, and the end result plays like an overlong episode of Black Mirror.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: Those moments that should be powerful end up getting undercut by their surface appeal. The filmmakers’ obvious ambitions fall prey to cinematic convention.
  • C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: Antebellum suffers from its insistence on exploiting Black pain and an underwritten story that feels confused about what it’s truly trying to say.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Much last this year’s ‘The Hunt’, ‘Antebellum’ is sure to spark controversy and shock viewers into taking a stance, one way or another. And though it may turn some away with its harsh, backdated depictions of racial violence, there’s an urgent core to the film that’s well worth examining.