Roman Arbisi’s review published on Letterboxd:
Steve McQueen is a revelation. Who was gifted to us from the Cinema Gods. McQueen was placed here to bestow upon us the beauty of pitch perfect film-making. They say lightning doesn't strike the same place twice, but for McQueen, lightning has struck perfection three times.
Steve McQueen who has directed three major motion pictures in Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave might just be the best director working today. I seriously mean this. How many directors have directed three virtually flawless films in a row? McQueen just understands the film-making process and how to allow the film to reveal itself through visuals instead of dialogue. McQueen is a cinematic revelation who does NOT get enough credit he rightfully deserves. His partner in crime, Michael Fassbender delivers a career defining performance as a sexaholic. He lusts for pleasure and cares none for whom it may be with. Much like McQueen, how is Fassbender NOT in the discussion as THE best actor working today? His range is unprecedented, from a starving Irishman to a supervillain who toys with metal, Fassbender can get the job done at any place, any time, no matter the film. His performance, along with McQueen's uncanny camerawork had my heart pounding the entire time. I somehow managed to make it out of this film alive without letting my heart burst through my chest and free fall towards the ground as it takes it's last few ticks before everything goes silent.