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When a crew of crooks are killed during a robbery, their widowed spouses pick up where they left off. This is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"An enjoyably dark and sleazy vision of ordinary lives (...) The strongest aspect of 'Widows' is the way the movie gets us — and keeps us — rooting for its desperate-living heroines"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"An absorbing, sociologically loaded crime drama (...) [McQueen and DP Sean Bobbitt] find myriad unexpected ways of staging and shooting familiar generic scenes"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Mara Reinstein
US Weekly
"It's a superbly crafted thriller that also happens to be as entertaining as any popcorn movie you'll see all year."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Brian Tallerico
"The kind that works on multiple levels simultaneously—as pure pulp entertainment but also as a commentary on how often it feels like we have to take what we are owed or risk never getting it at all.(…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"The screen damn near explodes as his genre caper suddenly encompasses a whole social strata (race, class, politics, gender). You’re in for a hell of a ride (…) Rating: ★★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
"Viola Davis gives a commanding performance (...) 'Widows' works as well as it does due to the way McQueen juggles substance with entertainment value to such eager subversive ends."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Truitt
USA Today
"After watching what filmmaker McQueen does with the heist drama in 'Widows', give him free rein to take on whatever other tried-and-true Hollywood genre he wants to transform into a piece of high art (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Edelstein
"It's a stark, violent, cynical but thoroughly entertaining caper picture."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Steve Pond
The Wrap
"While 'Widows' can be powerful and dramatic, the director doesn’t seem all that interested in the complicated heist that is theoretically driving the plot."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
"Here’s the sort of studio movie we wish they’d make more often (...) You still leave the theater feeling as though it’s just gotten away with something grand."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jason Bailey
The Playlist
"'Widows' is definitely a good film and one that often has greatness in its grasp. But it often feels like, at some point in the process, McQueen needed to decide if he was making wallpaper or art."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"Gripping, corrosive and superbly acted."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"[It] what stands out as one of the most deliriously entertaining thrillers in years. McQueen’s bold, brutal film makes for a fourth slam-dunk in a row (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
"[It] will remind you of how massively entertaining crime movies can be (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Fionnuala Halligan
"An intelligent, entertaining drama (...) With its elevated level of crafted film-making, it’s a film for cineastes and multiplex, urban and mainstream"  POS
CanadaCanada M
Barry Hertz
The Globe and Mail
"Led by a magnificent Davis, the cast is ridiculously stacked. The action is tremendous. And the ultimate message is devastating in its swift brutality (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
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