Antebellum (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes


Antebellum (2020)



Critic Consensus: Antebellum fails to connect its images with any meaning, making for a largely unpleasant experience lacking any substantial scares.

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Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.

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Janelle Monáe
as Veronica Henley
Eric Lange
as Him/Senator Mathers
Jena Malone
as Elizabeth
Jack Huston
as Captain Jasper
Robert Aramayo
as Daniel/Corporal #2
Tongayi Chirisa
as Eli/Tarasai
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All Critics (203) | Top Critics (44)

It proves how hard it is to make a remarkable film like Get Out or Us...this works on paper but doesn't earn its keep on screen.

April 6, 2021 | Full Review…

The visual style (lots of slow-mo) is sometimes overdone. But the ideas are alive, Monáe is a star and the drama is quietly unsettling.

April 2, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's an audacious swing - but ultimately a miss from a pair of filmmakers who know exactly what they want to say, and haven't yet mastered how best to say it.

April 1, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Antebellum doesn't so much concertina the past and the present as do a leering jig back and forth, then blow you a callous raspberry instead.

April 1, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Antebellum offers neither a coherent social commentary nor - thanks to its pat, ahistorical ending - a revenge thriller's catharsis.

April 1, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Monáe aside, the cast should perhaps have been reminded that their performances were actually being filmed.

March 31, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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