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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Critic Reviews for Widows

All Critics (253) | Top Critics (39)

The movie tosses back at viewers a variety of casual exasperations-inchoate, flip, and manipulable-that flatten and simplify the very ills and grievances that it dramatizes.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not clear exactly what kind of movie(s) Widows wants to be: feminist heist thriller? Sprawling political saga? Bare-knuckled gangster noir?

Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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…

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Interesting and well made but to much of a mishmash of narratives on top of being very violent. Takes place in Chicago but you never get a flavor for its setting. Davis and Debicki's performances stand out. (11-17-18)

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