Beasts of the Southern Wild

2012 • 93 minutes
4.3
649 reviews
86%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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Teeming with magic, beauty and pure joy, this crowd-pleasing winner at the Sundance Film Festival has emerged as one of the year's most acclaimed films. Newcomer QuvenzhanŽ Wallis delivers an "Oscar-worthy performance" (Philadelphia Daily News) as Hushpuppy, the tenacious six-year-old force of nature in an isolated bayou community. When her tough but loving father Wink (Dwight Henry) succumbs to a mysterious malady, the fierce and determined girl bravely sets out on a journey to save him. But Hushpuppy's quest is hindered by a "busted" universe that melts the ice caps and unleashes an army of prehistoric beasts.
4.3
649 reviews
Amanda Skeete
January 24, 2013
Best conceptually realistic independent film I have seen in a long time. It was not just the imaginative and playful premise coupled with the reality of "our world" as translated by the inhabitants of The Bathtub - it is particularly the objective of Hush Puppy that struck me to the core. The writers were able to pinpoint the exact thought and feel a six-year-old may experience if her life were indeed similar to the film portrayal. It certainly spoke to the turmoils of my own childhood, and forced me to reexamine my ideas of strength and love. Try not to simply focus on the idea of poverty in the south, or the alternative view of destruction left by Katrina - there are moments of pure poetry and truthfulness here; if you look too closely at the bigger picture, you will miss the intimacy of the most intricate details. <3
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Sandra Edwards
December 24, 2014
The six year old star of this movie is an acting miracle. Her sensitivity to interpreting her role is normally seen only in an adult actress. The story line is not easy to tell. Poor people losing what little they have due to the machinations of the powers that be. Everyone in the cast was excellent.Watching the movie was like watching a documentary on a town small called Bathtub. The cast was that natural
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Brittany Hardgraves
February 12, 2013
This film ranks right up there with medicine for melancholy, or the unloved .... its amazing to literally watch the world through a 6 year old's eyes... and that the writer and director did it so seamlessly.... the actors we also amazing especially young quvenzhane wallis i see awesome things in her future!
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