138 mins
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Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington directs and stars in this drama about a struggling father raising a family in racially-intolerant... More

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Fences | Ratings & Reviews

"There is one thing you must know before you see Fences: there is a LOT of talking. “No duh,” say the people who are well aware of the late August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play that he also adapted for this screen version. For the rest, you need to go into this for the love of great acting and superb writing. Do that and you’ll be rewarded."

Flicks, Liam MagurenFlicks

"As you watch "Fences," there's never a doubt that these lives matter, and that's a good and noble thing, but you're also aware (maybe too aware) of how much the movie itself wants to matter."


"Washington's performance - as big as it gets - is all wrong for the movies, where even a self-aggrandising character like Troy Maxson, a former Negro Leagues star ballplayer turned '50s Pittsburgh garbageman, needs to be scaled back to feel realistic."

Time OutTime Out

"Even as it properly foregrounds Wilson's dialogue - few playwrights have approached his genius for turning workaday vernacular into poetry - "Fences" is much more than a filmed reading."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"This film is conceived as a showcase for its performers, and, as that, it is immaculate."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Perceptive portrait of human complexity, impeccably acted by its small cast..."


"If you think Washington is impressive, behold Davis."


"The combination of top acting and the powerful rhythm of the language in the drama's celebrated high spots absolutely holds us."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Offers enough dramatic meat, boisterous humour and lived-in performances to hook audiences of all stripes."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"A simply extraordinary film without crashes, bangs and wallops but full of towering performances delivered with intelligence, power and heart."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

Fences | Details

Award winner
Best Supporting Actress (Davis), Academy Awards 2017, Golden Globes 2017 and BAFTAs 2017
12A, outdated use of racist language
Country of origin