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T. J. Harman's rating of the film 12 Years a Slave

I don't get the contrarians on this one at all. Maybe McQueen's earlier fans( I'm one) miss his more experimental side or the Important Subject Matter/Oscar bait-y trailers/dramatic Hans Zimmer score/all star cast rub them the wrong way but I think this is perfectly in line with the rest of his work. The topics been done before but (to my mind) never better.