Fences

Fences

Fences

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington directs and stars in this drama about a struggling father raising a family in racially-intolerant 1950s America.

Based on the Pulitzer-winning play by August Wilson, who adapts his own stageplay for screen. Co-stars Viola Davis (The Help), a two-time Oscar nominee before making history as the first black woman to be nominated three times - in the running for Best Supporting Actress as Rose Lee Maxson, the wife of Washington's character.

Best Supporting Actress (Davis), Academy Awards 2017, Golden Globes 2017 and BAFTAs 2017
2016Rating: PG, Coarse language and sexual references138 minsUSA
DramaHistoricalFestival & Independent
97%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

As you watch "Fences," there's never a doubt that these lives matter, and that's a good and noble thing, but you're also aware (maybe too aware) of how much the movie itself wants to matter.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Washington's performance - as big as it gets - is all wrong for the movies, where even a self-aggrandising character like Troy Maxson, a former Negro Leagues star ballplayer turned '50s Pittsburgh garbageman, needs to be scaled back to feel realistic.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film is conceived as a showcase for its performers, and, as that, it is immaculate.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Perceptive portrait of human complexity, impeccably acted by its small cast...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

If you think Washington is impressive, behold Davis.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The combination of top acting and the powerful rhythm of the language in the drama's celebrated high spots absolutely holds us.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Offers enough dramatic meat, boisterous humour and lived-in performances to hook audiences of all stripes.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A simply extraordinary film without crashes, bangs and wallops but full of towering performances delivered with intelligence, power and heart.

5.0
0

The cinema year gone by was extraordinary for the richness of offerings centred on the African-American experience. Several of these films share a world once fenced off, notably Moonlight (2016), Loving (2016), and Hidden Figures (2016). The quality of these films is remarkable and they reflect wider cultural changes that have been underway for some time....

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

As you watch "Fences," there's never a doubt that these lives matter, and that's a good and noble thing, but you're also aware (maybe too aware) of how much the movie itself wants to matter.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Washington's performance - as big as it gets - is all wrong for the movies, where even a self-aggrandising character like Troy Maxson, a former Negro Leagues star ballplayer turned '50s Pittsburgh garbageman, needs to be scaled back to feel realistic.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film is conceived as a showcase for its performers, and, as that, it is immaculate.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Perceptive portrait of human complexity, impeccably acted by its small cast...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

If you think Washington is impressive, behold Davis.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The combination of top acting and the powerful rhythm of the language in the drama's celebrated high spots absolutely holds us.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Offers enough dramatic meat, boisterous humour and lived-in performances to hook audiences of all stripes.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A simply extraordinary film without crashes, bangs and wallops but full of towering performances delivered with intelligence, power and heart.

5.0
0

The cinema year gone by was extraordinary for the richness of offerings centred on the African-American experience. Several of these films share a world once fenced off, notably Moonlight (2016), Loving (2016), and Hidden Figures (2016). The quality of these films is remarkable and they reflect wider cultural changes that have been underway for some time....

4.0
0