"?This long-awaited film adaptation of the August Wilson play remains stagy, but as a showcase for two towering performances it could hardly be improved." - **** The Guardian
Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.
"It’s all too seldom that a feature film combines brilliant acting with a spellbinding flow of language." - Wall Street Journal
"What is most remarkable about this film is how thoroughly — how painfully, how honestly, how beautifully — it answers the question What about my life?" - The NYTimes
"Even though its dialogue can be harsh and its protagonist can be a monster, Fences has some important things to say." - Plugged In
"Wilson's screenplay, based on his own award-winning play, is a potent brew that warms your stomach upon the first swig and then simmers to a boil. It's intense, exhausting, and worth it." - Common Sense Media