Colton of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, critics and cinephiles have been raving about the ambitious Beasts of the Southern Wild. Those who love the film have praised it for its originality and striking storytelling that seems to lack in mainstream cinema. This film seemed to have taken the film community by storm and everyone who hadn’t seen it were quick to add it to their most anticipated lists, myself included. This all led to an impressive box office for a limited theatrical release (averaged $42,426 per screen in its opening weekend). I was eager to see a film with such promise of originality. My hopes were soon diminished as I felt unattached to the narrative."