12 Years a Slave (2014) Movie Review | 10 Critic Reviews | Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender


Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard

12 Years a Slave Posterdirection:

Steve McQueen


Solomon Northup


John Ridley



Sean Bobbitt


Hans Zimmer

produced by:

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas



weird aggregate rating 8.1/10genre:


release date:

31-January-2014 (India)
run time:
134 Minutes
12 Years a Slave (2013) on IMDb


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  •  Indian Express -Shalini Langer Rating-8
NEVER one to shy away from human privation, be it in Hunger or Shame, McQueen offers here in one horrific scene the brutality of slavery and the helplessness of blacks against their white masters. Solomon (Ejiofor) has been hung by his neck on a tree, his feet barely skimming
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  •  IBN Live -Rajeev Masand Rating-8
There are enough scenes of brutal violence in 12 Years a Slave to make your skin crawl. But few are as disturbing and as genuinely shocking as one in which a black slave is left hanging from a tree, grunting from suffocation, his toes barely touching the ground. Behind him, children play
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  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-7
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 Slaveis 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
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  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-8
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
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  •  DNA -Tushar Joshi Rating-9
Slavery has often been a subject of Hollywood film makers and even authors. Numerous books and screenplays have been written about that dark period where humanity took a step back giving color and racial prejudice precedence. Steve McQueen’s 12 years of slave is disturbing and stark yet so honest
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  •  Times of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-8
Straight away, 12 Years A Slave is not a film for the faint-hearted. It is one of the most haunting, daunting movies made. But despite its unrelenting, tense brutality, you're unable to tear your eyes away. This is what makes 12 Years A Slave a work of disturbing genius.
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  •  The Front Row -Anupama Chopra Rating-9
12 Years a Slave is the most devastating experience I’ve had in a movie theater in years. I first saw the film alone in LA and by the end, I was weeping uncontrollably into my popcorn. Salman Khan once said that going to a movie should be like going to a nightclub.
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  •  India Today -Vinayak Chakravorty Rating-8
Steve McQueen's latest captures what is possibly the blackest phase of American history to narrate a true story, in its wake leaving a devastating emotional effect. The underlining social comment makes it an essential watch for all. The violent vignettes defining racism excesses make it a hard
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  •  Deccan Herald -Akhil Kadidal Rating-8
In 1971, when two Italian filmmakers Franco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti released their controversial documentary, Goodbye Uncle Tom, using a large cast of actors and a cinematic time-machine to explore slavery in the antebellum south, their work was deemed as too incendiary for audiences
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  •  Book My Show -Saumya Sharma Rating-8
12 Years a Slave is a film that intertwines the extremes – beauty and savagery, and it is accurate to say that there has been no other film with a relatively similar concept, that may be so liked for its honesty. One may wonder where the competition for the film actually lies
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12 Years a Slave (2014)
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