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User review rating: 1 May 30, 2017

To much use of the "N" word. This is the wordiest movie I ever seen. Didn't finish watching.

User review rating: 2 May 07, 2017

I watched it like a play ,

User review rating: 2 April 02, 2017

Denzel is the reason I went to see this movie. The acting was good but too much talk, it dragged on and on. The movie got heavy, too much monologue.

User review rating: 1 March 26, 2017

To much talk talk left after first 1/2 hr???Always referred to the devil... What a waste of a good coupon...

User review rating: 5 March 25, 2017

Excellent movie. The writing is superb. Each character has depth, a history you learn about or see playing out as the movie goes on (I almost said play, it feels like a play). And you care about each character. This movie touches the heart and will make you think, reflect, perhaps about your own family history or (U.S.) history in general.

User review rating: 3 March 19, 2017

Great acting, but too much monologue, always same scenery, same backyard.

User review rating: 5 February 27, 2017

Such an amazing impacting inspiring film

User review rating: 4 February 20, 2017

A very good movie Denzel and Viola had awesome chemistry Denzel was a little out there but for the time period that was reality very well done

User review rating: 5 February 17, 2017

Great actors and acting. This was how it was - realistic and sad.

User review rating: 5 February 09, 2017

This is a play on screen. It unfolds and plays out like a play. Having seen it on stage it was easy to appreciate it on screen. In this day of short attention spans and high velocity film, it may be diffucult for many to appreciate more cerebral films such as this one. It should not be assumed, as us often depicted in the visual media that poor or low income class live in dirty enviroments, have unkemp clothing or have the inability to maintain good hygiene. I know many poor people with beautiful teeth. It is in fact an excellent film opening the window to the struggles if the poor, and even moreso to the unique issues that face the poor of color. I have seen it three times, taken my grandchildren because it is a RARE film that does not depict the living environment as a drug, gang and immoral infested ghetto riddled with violence.

User review rating: 5 February 08, 2017

Great acting and sad real story.

User review rating: 2 February 03, 2017

Ridiculous...Over and over the same dialogue and a sanitation worker with the best teeth I ever saw. Make them realistic for the craft. I couldn't wait for the end nor could the others in the theater. Who is giving this good reviews? I think a bogeyman.

User review rating: 5 January 29, 2017

What a good movie...excellent acting by all...

User review rating: 2 January 27, 2017

He was very hard on one son and the other son was always coming around when money was involved. There were only 3 scenes they kept showing, him leaving work, in the back yard and in the house. Viola spent a lot of time at the church and Denzel spent a lot of time at the bar. They never spent time together. He was always talking about sex. I'm shocked he had time to have sex with Viola, since he was cheating. He was such a big man when it came to talking his son, but he was a punk when it came to telling Viola about his affair. After he passed away, everyone looked like they got younger.

User review rating: 2 January 26, 2017

The acting was great, but it was too sad and dark for me. I ended up really disliking it.

User review rating: 3 January 26, 2017

Well acted but gave impression of stage play - on film.

User review rating: 5 January 26, 2017

Great acting, real story, much to think about.

User review rating: 2 January 19, 2017

Good dialog and great acting performances, but visually unimpressive and non-existent message.

User review rating: 1 January 14, 2017

Sadly just a story of a mean old man. Struggled to think of the key point it was trying to share.

User review rating: 5 January 14, 2017

Fantastic acting, writing, directing.

User review rating: 5 January 13, 2017

Denzel's acting and directing are stellar, but Viola Davis is a revelation. Definitely deserving of some Oscar gold! Nice to finally see a film adaptation of August Wilson's stage masterpiece. This is to African American drama what Death of a Salesman is to middle class 1950s American tragedy. Not to be missed.

User review rating: 1 January 12, 2017

Boring, to much dialog.

User review rating: 4 January 12, 2017

Amazing story- acting was better than Oscar nominations. Probably the most. Amazing acting by Denzel. All his movies havbeen phenomenal but this one was up there for his best !!! Had every emotion one could possibly experience. See it &. Enjoy!!!

User review rating: 5 January 11, 2017

This movie was a perfect depiction of the relationship between a frustrated husband and a relatively obedient wife in the 1950's. It also depicted how this frustrated father did not allow his son to succeed in sports because he did not succeed in sports and he did not want his son to best him. In order for the son to succeed in life, he joined the military, which was the only avenue that he saw to get out from his fathers control. In the meantime, the wife was directed to raise the illegitimate daughter of her husbands deceased mistress. What a tangled web we weave.

User review rating: 5 January 10, 2017

Great movie

User review rating: 5 January 10, 2017

The way this story was told, it allowed us to enter the lives of Troy and Rose which enabled us to feel the emotions both of these characters' felt during their life together. Outstanding performances by both of these actors.

User review rating: 4 January 08, 2017

This was a a powerful movie that remained true to August Wilson's vision and story-telling. Both Denzel and Violet were at their zenith professionally. Some people have said it moved too slow. I disagree. The slowness allows you to enter the mundane reality of these people's lives; to see them for who they really are. We have become so action-oriented that we cannot just be still long enough to invest in people or events. Fences is outstanding!

User review rating: 5 January 08, 2017

Superb acting.

User review rating: 4 January 08, 2017

It was a great joy to see Fences. The acting, from even the minor characters, was both believable and touching. The movie was an insight into a black family some 50 years ago, something I do not recall being done often before and thus we found it very interesting. The movie was maybe 20 minutes too long and there was a slow part near the middle that did not seem to add much to the movie but on the whole it was well worth watching. I did cry at the ending, a bit hokey perhaps but I enjoyed it. Thanks for the opportunity to see Fences.

User review rating: 2 January 08, 2017

Of course, great acting. The acting was amazing. However, it was very slow and hard to sit through. I think it is more of a play than a film/movie.

User review rating: 1 January 07, 2017

It was way over rated. I didn't like it . The actors were great but the movie wasn't that great at all it should've went straight to red box in my opinion.

User review rating: 4 January 07, 2017

It was a very good movie. Denzel Washington was excellent as always, as an actor and as a director. Also Viola Davis was also excellent. It is important to keep in mind those events, it is part of history. Thank you again for the opportunity!

User review rating: 4 January 07, 2017

Lots of depth and displays of the human struggle.

User review rating: 2 January 07, 2017

Acting in initial scenes was definitely ACTING, unconvincing. Main character was so self absorbed, mean and abusive that not even a miniscule amount of sympathy for him was impossible. Even when he shared his story of his childhood, it came across as self-pity with no redeeming grace. Maybe that was intentional, but nonetheless it left us unimpressed.

User review rating: 3 January 07, 2017

Pretty far fetched. I found many of the scenes hard to believe. For example, if she was such a genesis, why was she dismissed from the team? And the scene where all of the women walked over to the computer room and took over was ridiculous.

User review rating: 5 January 06, 2017

I loved the movie Fences. The cast was great and they all did justice to their roles. My friend felt it was more of a play than a movie as 90% of the movie took place in one house. Whichever way you see it, it is still a great, emotional and heartfelt movie. You will smile laugh and cry in this movie.

User review rating: 5 January 06, 2017

While a bit slow to start, the movie was one that left me reflecting hours after I left the theatre. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis demonstrated great range and skill in bringing their characters to life. While the movie was set in the fifties, the theme of a man just trying to make an honest living, is timeless. A must-see movie!

User review rating: 4 January 06, 2017

This movie was adapted from a stage play starring Denzel Washington and I thought this was quite apparent through the film. The acting was wonderful...very intense and so was the storyline, which mixed issues of race, fidelity, friendship, family, struggling to survive, pride and devotion to work. But limiting the locations as they would be in a stage play, and having so much dialogue made it drag at times..I just found the movie too long.

User review rating: 0 January 06, 2017

Denzel Washington gives a remarkably powerful performance in this movie. The film itself was very accurate for the time period that the story takes place in. I like the fact that it didn't necessarily focus on racial issues, but everyday issues that people who are married struggle with.

User review rating: 4 January 06, 2017

Excellent movie that covers this time in history. Denzel Washington is superb as usual.

User review rating: 2 January 06, 2017

I'm sorry. My husband & I did not like this movie. The movie started out very boring. The story-line was too common. The acting though was fantastic...I guess we just found it too slow-moving.

User review rating: 0 January 06, 2017

hi it was a hard moovie to understand but hats up to denzel washinton whom i did not recognize him and viola davis amazing enough to win supporting actress it was cruel rascost and harsh wanted to straightwn his son to play sports as he the father couldnt play basquetball he went crazy and couldnt appreciate his family he was a bitterman who couldnt live with his fmily just kept overworking his life away i had tearsd in my eyes it touched close to home

User review rating: 4 January 06, 2017

I was not sure how I would like this film as it is from a screenplay, however I did! The subject, acting and amazing dialogue kept me glued to the screen. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were wonderful however, I was drawn to his best friend Bono. He did not say much but, his expressions, and gentle wisdom left me thinking acting is not all about words.. I enjoyed this film very much and will go see it again.. Thank you so much!

User review rating: 4 January 06, 2017

We really enjoyed this movie with its portrayal of the struggles of a black family in the mid 50'S through, to the late 1960's. The commitment of the spousal relationship amid selfishness and the value of great forgiveness, both in life and in death, demonstrates the power of human relationships. We found the range of emotions to be passionate, intense and understanding. The movie ends with the power of the triumph of unconditional love.

User review rating: 3 January 06, 2017

I found the movie slightly boring and long, boring because the whole movie is pretty much is in the same scene all over again. But actors did a wonderful job!

User review rating: 2 January 06, 2017

The acting was great but the plot was not what I expected. Way too many monotonous rants. It was quite long and did not engage me at all.

User review rating: 1 January 06, 2017

Boring. Too much monologue. Depressing. Acting good, but that was it.

User review rating: 5 January 05, 2017

great acting by all cast members, especially Viola Davis...For first thirty minutes, I felt as if I were watching a play, then everything started to mesh in a good way....Found out afterwards, it was a play first...interesting...

User review rating: 1 January 04, 2017

Movie was horrible. Acting was good but the movie was horrible

User review rating: 3 January 04, 2017

This was more a play than a movie however the acting was great!

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