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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 (157) | Top Critics (25)

The style of the direction is so lurid and the performances are so florid that they become ends in themselves and never mind the message no matter how timely it is in the current climate.

September 30, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

With luck, Monáe will be cast in more roles as smart as she is. This one is merely clever - a grimly "provocative" entertainment whose greater meanings are gone with the wind.

September 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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It loads up on visceral scares and disturbing imagery in service of a shallow film that feels like a gory theme-park ride showcasing the horrors of slavery.

September 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Even if we didn't live in a country where a shockingly large fraction of people think Confederate monuments are A-O.K., Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz's Antebellum would resonate like the boom of a Union Army cannon.

September 19, 2020 | Full Review…

A well-made drama on slavery's horrors builds to an exasperating ending...After all the sadistic violence, the big twist is a big bust.

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film's final images raise more questions than answers, and what could have been a powerful and timely look at race, history and the still-lingering atrocities of the past instead becomes a shoulder shrug.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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