Poster for 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

2013, drama, history

134 minutes

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the...

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8.5

based on 27 critics

Age

14+

Country

United Kingdom, United States

Language

English

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2014-01-22

I cannot praise the acting enough... Read more

10

Derrick Carter of Are You Not Entertained?

2013-11-09

Unflinching, heartbreaking, and incredibly moving.

9.5

2015-07-16

Steve McQueen, Sean Bobbitt, and John Ridley have crafted one of the most brutal looks at the age of slavery; a near-masterpiece. Read more

9.0

2014-01-03

Ejiofor gives one of the best performances of recent years and it's a rare example of an invisible performance, one that allows the character to act as a cypher... Read more

8.0

2013-11-07

I would also say that, above its importance as a story, I also appreciate the craft, skill and care to which such a powder-keg... Read more

6.0

2013-11-01

Voids feeling like cheap exploitation, but Ridley’s script reduces the evils of slavery to a concept that isn’t challenging... Read more

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