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Mugino's rating of the film 12 Years a Slave

Emotional and well-acted but ultimately disappointing. I've come to expect McQueen to be able to transcend the subjects of his films, unveiling a surprising or irrevocable truth. Perhaps that happens only when he authors his own material. This film did not rise beyond a straightforward dramatization. We might as well just read the original memoir, which is far more impactful and direct.