100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
She's (Hushpuppy) trying to make sense of this world, and the movie, pitched between realism and fable, is the story of how she finally does. That balance is the key to the movie's magic.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's no trace of calculation, only artistic ambitions and hopes that have come to fruition in the year's finest film thus far.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
It's very much an art piece, to be sure, but it feels like a genuine one that, while meditated, speaks fluently and truly for the place, people and culture it so indelibly depicts.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Beasts of the Southern Wild transports us to places that are peculiar and dangerous and magical, and makes us feel weirdly at home.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is small, local, and idiosyncratic. Then again, it's also a thing of beauty and originality - and for that, sustained huzzahs are in order.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's no way you won't be captivated by Wallis, chosen ahead of 3,500 candidates to play the tiny folk hero who narrates the story. Her performance in this deceptively small film is a towering achievement.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's unlikely there will be a film as visually stunning or poetic this year - or perhaps any year - to rival Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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85

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
The success of this exuberant, affecting debut feature from director Benh Zeitlin depends on his ability to universalize the particular, in this case by drawing us into the perspective of a six-year-old girl living in squalor and feeling and uncertainty in the Louisiana bayou, then telling our own story from behind it.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Winds up feeling like a form of emotional tourism. The images recall Terrence Malick, but the film fills "atmosphere" into dry narrative holes where a story should reside.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.