12 Years a Slave

Lists: Drama, Historical, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 2010s, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019

Brief Synopsis: "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 twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life."

Overall Ranking: 143 (Rank from 2013: # 6)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 79.49%
Regular 17.95%
Half-Popped 2.56%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown100(full review)
Minnesota Man100 - Worthy of your time and your tears
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Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes98.5(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10198(full review)
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Bryan Lienesch92 - What makes '12 Years a Slave' stand out is its unwillingness to censore itself. While the characters are clearly shaded in either more darkness or light, no supposition is absolute. Thus, a brilliant level of honesty comes out.
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A Moot Point with Aling Lukring88 - I wasn't sure at first if I'll enjoy this but this is the kind of film in which once you've started, you just couldn't look away. The moment Benedict Cumberbatch appeared, I was hooked. LOL.
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Marc Ciafardini of Go, See, Talk!88(full review)
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Mark of Marked Movies 88 - Slavery depicted in its most brutal and heinous form.
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People Involved

  • Michael Fassbender (Edwin Epps)
  • Brad Pitt (Henry B. Northup)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup)
  • Michael K. Williams (John Tibeats)
  • Lupita Nyongo (Patsey)
  • Paul Dano (John Tibeats)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (William Ford)
  • Garret Dillahunt (Armsby)
  • Ruth Negga (Celeste)
  • Sarah Paulson (Mistress Epps)
  • Scoot McNairy ()
  • Paul Giamatti (Theophilus Freeman)
  • Taran Killam ()
  • Alfre Woodard (Mistress Harriet Shaw)
  • Dede Gardner (Director)
  • John Ridley (Director)
  • Steve McQueen (Director)
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