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Fences (12A)

Fences (12A)


A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

The critical consensus

A simply extraordinary film without crashes, bangs and wallops but full of towering performances delivered with intelligence, power and heart.

*****Terri White, Empire Online, 26/01/2017

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis excel in a well-crafted drama that’s sure to bring the late August Wilson’s words to a much wider audience.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 06/02/2017

What is not up for debate is that this is a work full of sensitivity, humour and wisdom, enacted with ferocious passion. Washington and the gut-wrenchingly brilliant Davis won Tonys for their performances on Broadway. For this not to get any Oscars love would really be a scandal.

****(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 06/02/2017

This feels more like a record of a stage performance than a film in its own right. That, though, doesn’t lessen its impact in the slightest or take away from the searing brilliance of the two leads.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 08/02/2017

A masterclass in screen acting.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 09/02/2017

The richness and intensity doesn’t make the jump from stage to screen.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 09/02/2017

Washington directs and stars in this intelligent and brilliantly cast adaptation of August Wilson’s play about a garbage collector who was once a baseball star.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/02/2017

It remains very theatrical throughout but, for all of us who never had the chance to see Washington and Davis on Broadway, it is a worthwhile venture.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 10/02/2017

Denzel Washington is exhausting as a sanitation worker in this dense adaptation of a play about racial tension.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 12/02/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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