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  • Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
  • Director: Denzel Washington
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 139 min.

In this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, an African American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

"Tragic, beautiful, thought-provoking."
- Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The best ensemble work of the year."
- Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Ringing with both ancient wisdom and searing relevance, Fences feels as if it’s been crafted for the ages, and for this very minute. "
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Though every performance is splendid, it’s Washington and Davis who create a mesmerizing symphony of emotion, finding both love and tragedy in every look, every line."
- Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
"The two lead performances are stunningly complex and deeply human achievements from two of the finest actors working today."
- Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
"Wilson's play is such an extraordinary social statement, its bitter patriarch rivaling Willy Loman in the greatness of his smallness."
- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Watching it is like getting a front-row seat to the beautifully mounted revival of a classic work of American drama, starring two stars who know and understand that text as well as any actors in the world."
- Dana Stevens, Slate
"This is Denzel Washington’s third at bat behind the camera while directing himself and, holy smokes, does he knock it out of the park with a vicious, visceral performance that fairly sets the screen ablaze. "
- Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"This screen vital because it has the potential to reach marginalized communities. But it also stands as an aching, lyrical, performance-driven masterpiece in its own right, a film so intense and engrossing that movie houses really should screen it with an intermission. "
- April Wolfe, Village Voice
"Washington delivers not only one of the year’s best performances, but one of the best self-directed performances in cinema history. "
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle