Beasts of the Southern Wild Synopsis
An intrepid 6-year-old (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her father in a remote Delta community.
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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...
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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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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,...
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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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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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The film is its own beast, and it's a rare one.
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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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By Michelle Orange
The success of this exuberant, affecting debut feature from director Benh Zeitlin depends on his ability to universalize the particular, in...
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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...
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This is a great movie that stays with you!

By nnorton123
Hushpuppy, the 6 year old star of this film, is just as her name describes - tough on the outside and tender and sweet on the inside. The relationship between father and daughter is the focus of...


By baa6
I couldn't speak at the end of this movie, I was so choked up with emotion, so overwhelmed by this incredible experience. I'm not sure what it was about the film, certainly had something to do with...

Tear jerker

By blumusdu
I started crying five minutes in. I stopped crying by the final credits. There were some dry moments. There were smiles and maybe a laugh. Most of the movie I spent almost crying, crying, and...

Lives Up To Critics' Praise

By rhtwo
Beautiful, poignant, and deep. It dares you to rethink the meaning of dignity, freedom and love. A movie that will stay with you long after you leave the theater....

Astoundingly Beautiful

By cksanders
Living in New Orleans for 35 years, and growing up in Quezervhane' Wallis's hometown, I expected a film with bad accents and others' concepts of what people from "down the bayou" are like. Never was...

Poignant and Gut Wrenching

By ambarrojr
One of the most incrediable films I've seen in years. Benh Zeitlin is a remarkable young talent. This is a must see for anybody who has ever complained how badly they have it in life, and gives sad...


By Peneflix
Achingly poignant, mythically powerful film, told from the perspective of six-year-old "Hushpuppy" (Quvenzhanem Wallis, a forceful sprite with a gift from the gods); living in the disastrously...

Beast of the Southern Wild

By RBryan1011
A pretty phenomenal story and bit of story telling. It is amazing that the two main characters were new actors/actresses since they played great roles and the need to develop more independent films...

Pointless rubbish...LITERALLY!

By Nicknb
This is a critic's movie. If you regularly agree with the critics and like 'way out there, but not much there' movies, then this pointless indulgence into filth, alcoholism, and fantasy will delight...

Beutiful, raw and emotional-parable for understanding

By wolfober
The Beast of Sourthern Wild offers a parable about the survivors-ship in A Katrina like disaster from the eyes of child. Living in the wild of submerged back water bayou, this child shares her...

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Rated PG-13 | For Child Imperilment, Brief Sensuality, Language, Some Disturbing Images and Thematic Material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Devastatingly moving drama has harsh truths, whimsy, wisdom.
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