12 Years a Slave

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Regency Enterprises/River Road Entertainment/Plan B Entertainment/Regency Pictures and Film4 Released 2013

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Director:
Steve McQueen (III)
Released:
2013
Rating:
R

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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  • 100

    indieWIRE Eric Kohn

    More than a powerful elegy, 12 Years a Slave is a mesmerizing triumph of art and polemics: McQueen turns a topic rendered distant by history into an experience that, short of livin...

  • 90

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Perhaps the nature of the story is such that the film can't help but be obvious and quite melodramatic at times, but it gets better as it goes along and builds to a moving finish.

  • 86

    Film.com William Goss

    Ejiofor's tightly clenched conviction perfectly embodies hope and righteousness against all odds. He gives the best performance of his career to date, and what's more, he gives "Sl...

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