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213 Ratings

Queen & Slim

Directed by Melina Matsoukas
United States, Canada, 2019


A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.

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Queen & Slim Directed by Melina Matsoukas

Awards & Festivals

Directors Guild of America

2020 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film



Austin Film Critics Association

2020 | Nominee: Best First Film

Beyond the clichéd or more original parallels,2 Queen and Slim stems from a place of black anger, black fear, black desire, black hope, black dreams – and this is what makes you want to love the film. Yet, like a partially tamed horse, its mise en scène uneasily kicks over the traces of contradictory codes of production.
April 26, 2020
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Queen and Slim doesn’t entirely work. The credibility factor isn’t too high sometimes and there are big set pieces that don’t gel: a sex scene showily intercut with a #BlackLivesMatter demonstration, for instance. Yet this is a punchy, watchable film with a nice cameo from Bokeen Woodbine as Queen’s disreputable Uncle Earl, and some great chemistry between Turner-Smith and Kaluuya.
January 30, 2020
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Waithe sometimes struggles to insert this wider social context organically, and the decision to crosscut between a protest and Queen and Slim’s lovemaking is a very unfortunate one. The film doesn’t quite work as a thriller, either.
January 28, 2020
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