Queen & Slim

critic Reviews

82% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score82%
  • Stylish, provocative, and powerful, Queen & Slim tells a gripping fugitive story steeped in timely, thoughtful subtext.
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    Catherine CapellaroIsthmus (Madison, WI)
    As a work of social commentary, Queen & Slim is powerful and surprisingly subtle. As a romance, it is utterly devastating.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    A truly disturbing movie which showcases the amazing talent of Daniel Kaluuya. Some flaws along the way but overall a good movie.
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    Linda and Al LernerMovies and Shakers
    Melina Matsoukas not only fully develops her characters, but the challenges facing the Black community today and attitudes that still have not changed in terms of police brutality and civil rights.
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    Rene SanchezCine Sin Fronteras
    A vibrant, timely and thought-provoking feature debut film. Jodie Turner-Smith is a revelation. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Jourdain SearlesBitch Media
    Ultimately, Queen & Slim seems to bolster a belief-women should be quiet and support their men-that's both inherently conservative and especially frustrating given the nature of the lovers-on-the-run genre.
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    Erica CiccaroneNashville Scene
    I wouldn't call the film tedious - Matsoukas' aesthetic choices are too sharp for that - but on the whole, Queen & Slim has more style than substance.
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    Ken EisnerGeorgia Straight
    The timeliness and powerful intentions of Queen & Slim are inarguable, as are the talents on display.
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    Mike McGranaghanAisle Seat
    The year's most tender love story, as well as a potent social issue drama.
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    Alexandra MacAaronWomen's Voices for Change
    Queen & Slim is a tremendous tribute to the human spirit. And although it dramatizes themes of desperation and injustice, it is hauntingly beautiful. Its heroes - and heartbreak - will stay with you long after the credits roll.
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    Martin ThomasDouble Toasted
    I appreciate it and admire it, but it felt clumsy...these things weren't woven into each other...and it's got an ending I've seen in other movies.
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