Widows (2018)


Critic Consensus: Widows rounds up a stellar ensemble for a heist thriller that mixes popcorn entertainment with a message - and marks another artistic leap for director Steve McQueen.


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From Academy Award (R)-winning director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. "Widows" 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 (Oscar (R) winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. "Widows" also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.

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All Critics (235) | Top Critics (37)

A gritty romp that makes the cliché-prone heist genre feel fresh again.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Enough quality action and surprises to keep it interesting.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Other reviewers talk about the film's style and originality, but I found no evidence of either (unless you consider endless shots of reflections in mirrors and glass store windows "style").

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Steve McQueen's "Widows" is a heist movie with a pulse.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

McQueen's artful slow-take style, in films like 12 Years a Slave and Hunger, would seem to make him an odd choice for the ticking-clock pace of a caper pic, but don't be fooled.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Widows" comes from writer Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") and director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and a big part of the caper's fun is the tension between her pulpy, twisty sensibility and his slower-burning instincts.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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