On the movie, “Twelve Years A Slave:”


Eric Nellis, UBC emeritus prof, “Movies, American Slavery, & the Slave Trade”


Michelle Dean on “The Danger of Idealizing 12 Years A Slave”


Armond White on “Torture Porn;”

here is his full review of the film.


On Armond White’s Expulsion from the N.Y. Film Critics Circle


Mark Kermode in The Guardian


David Denby in The New Yorker


Stephanie Zacharek in The Village Voice


Six Reasons Twelve Years A Slave Mattered


Frank Rich, “Liberal Echo Chamber”


Wesley Morris, “The Song of Solomon”























“The imaginary proximity to the suffering inflicted on others that is granted by images suggests a link between the faraway sufferers… and the privileged viewer that is simply untrue, that is yet one more mystification of our real relations to power. So far as we feel sympathy, we feel we are not accomplices to what caused the suffering. Our sympathy proclaims our innocence as well as our impotence.”


– The critic Susan Sontag, on war photography. Do her cautionary words apply to “Twelve Years A Slave?”

On this page, you will find links to reviews of the movie, “Twelve Years A Slave,” as well as to a number of sites that will help you explore the book upon which the film is based. Just how firmly, or loosely, it is based is a good way to begin formulating your own critical appraisal of the film – and of the book.