Los Angeles Times

2012: Top 10 movies of the year, by Matt Pais

8. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" An unforgettable debut performance from then-6-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis anchors this remarkable story, which sometimes feels like a dream and other times feels like it naturally materialized on its own. Wonderfully presented from young Hushpuppy's perspective, it's about the importance of parenting, the significance of home and the universal fight to survive, one heartbeat at a time. Fox Searchlight