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Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.comOdie HendersonDec 27, 2016 The masterful thing about Denzel Washington?s direction here is that he doesn?t exactly open up the play. Instead, he opens up the visual frame around the players.

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Rolling Stone

The movie of 'Fences' doesn't need Hollywood bells and whistles. This writer, this director and these actors are all the magnificence required to grab your attention and hold it.

Read review Peter Travers
The Wrap

Can you tell its 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.

Read review Robert Abele

Denzel Washington directs and stars in a towering screen version of August Wilson's play about a flawed inner-city patriarch.

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The Washington Post

Denzel Washington delivers a leo­nine, devouringly powerful performance as one of American theater's most imposing patriarchs in "Fences".

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Entertainment Weekly

They invite us in to an intimate place thats messy and painful and hard to shake.

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New York Post

Ebullient, exasperating and implacable, he must be one of the most complex black men ever presented on-screen.

Read review Kyle Smith