Fences (2016) Hollywood Movie Review By Critics

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Fences is a drama film directed by Denzel Washington and written by August Wilson, based on his Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name. Wilson died in 2005, but completed a screenplay before his death. The film stars Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney.

Movie Details :

  • Directed by : Denzel Washington
  • Produced by : Todd Black, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington
  • Screenplay by : August Wilson
  • Based on : Fences by August Wilson
  • Starring : Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney
  • Music by : Marcelo Zarvos
  • Cinematography : Charlotte Bruus Christensen
  • Edited by : Hughes Winborne
  • Production company : Bron Creative, Macro Media, Scott Rudin Productions
  • Distributed by : Paramount Pictures

Summary :

In this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, an African American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

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Fences Movie Review :

Fences (2016) Hollywood Movie Review By The New York Times

Even as it properly foregrounds Wilson’s dialogue — few playwrights have approached his genius for turning workaday vernacular into poetry — Fences is much more than a filmed reading. Mr. Washington has wisely resisted the temptation to force a lot of unnecessary cinema on the play.
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Fences (2016) Hollywood Movie Review By New York Daily News

Washington isn’t a visionary director, something he’s proved before in “The Great Debaters” and “Antwone Fisher.” But he is a fine actor, and if nothing else Fences preserves his career-best performance, as a loving, bullying, wounded, roaring bull of a man.
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Rating : 4/5

Fences (2016) Hollywood Movie Review By The Guardian

This film is conceived as a showcase for its performers, and, as that, it is immaculate.
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Rating : 4/5

Fences (2016) Hollywood Movie Review By The Hollywood Reporter

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis know their parts here backward and forward, and they, along with the rest of the fine cast, bat a thousand, hitting both the humorous and serious notes. But with this comes a sense that all the conflicts, jokes and meanings are being smacked right on the nose in vivid close-ups, with nothing left to suggestion, implication and interpretation.
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Fences (2016) Hollywood Movie Review By Variety

Fences has passages of fierce and moving power, but on screen the play comes off as episodic and more than a bit unwieldy.
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Fences (2016) Hollywood Movie Review By TheWrap

Can you tell it’s a play? Absolutely. Does that mean a damn thing? Not when the writing is this richly evocative, and the cast so often soars with it.
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