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3.2
644 Ratings

Widows

Directed by Steve McQueen
United Kingdom, United States, 2018
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take their fate into their own hands. Set in today’s Chicago, amid a time of political turmoil, tensions build when Veronica, Alice, Linda and Belle conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

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Widows Directed by Steve McQueen

Awards & Festivals

BFI London Film Festival

2018 | Opening Night

BAFTA Awards

2019 | Nominee: Leading Actress

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2018 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actress

The film recalls the ambitiously broad, gritty city thrillers of the 1970s, 80s, and even 90s; I kept thinking of Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City and Q & A, sweeping, low-key crime entertainments in which ground-level political smarts get blown out with all-encompassing, novelistic breadth.
November 20, 2018
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Veronica’s grief hangs in the air like a geometric shape; Davis, her eyes revealing all by trying to hide everything, makes us see its contours and shadows, and feel its coldness.
November 20, 2018
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A well-rounded entertainment with some points to make along the way, Widows constitutes a frustratingly rare multiplex prospect: a good-time movie from a feel-bad director.
November 16, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Widows

    Creates a dour looking, if entertaining tone, yet is non-entrancing due to lacking a rhythm. Not only the structure but its central heist is lost in a vast array of side characters and threads, with overplotting. Despite an impressive ensemble cast, it still lacks the cohesion in its parallel storylines of films like 1973's The Friends of Eddie Coyle, and would've better worked narrowly focused or as a mini-series.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Widows

    Proof that successfully pulling off a genre film is a skill not to be sniffed at. Not enough thrills for the multiplex crowd, and not enough directorial flair for McQueen fans, this nonetheless contains multiple great performances - highlighting once again where McQueen's real skill lies - and a satisfying, twisty, soapy plot, albeit one where motivations often appear muddled beneath the story beats.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Widows

    Steve McQueen's latest is a crime opera with "Wire"-esque ambitions - tracing the impact of Chicago politics from the richest neighborhoods to the local salon - yet the execution feels curiously inert. This is a film called "Widows" that doesn't have a single expression of grief that feels earned or authentic; and even the action beats and long takes feel overly slick and rehearsed. But more of Cynthia Erivo, please.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Widows

    Painful to watch. I'm guessing he didn't have final cut. That scene of just the outside of the car with Colin Farrell inside was totally unnecessary. Some idiot producer said, "We need to communicate the fact that Mulligan is a slightly reluctant politician." Which becomes obvious in later scenes. Have some faith in your audience's intelligence.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Widows

    In which McQueen puts his chilly command of rattling an audience into the service of genre material. Stylistically, it's a smooth transition. The first 45 minutes are downright masterful, made of parts that fit so tightly you couldn't fit a piece of paper between them. Once the heist takes shape, though, the tale becomes astoundingly sloppy—proof that technique can only do so much if you desperately need a rewrite.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Widows

    Very good drama/thriller with excellent performances. The look and feel of the film feels genuine and lets both the human aspects flourish as well as the heist tropes. Still the movie borders on greatness but fails to come through 100 %. I feel that with such a generous collage of characters this would have been more suited for a mini-series to let the characters really develop beyond the confines of this movie.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Widows

    A step-by-step guide on how to get away with grieving, finding happiness with your strong independent lady friends, sending the ghost of your late husband to hell and still keep all his money on your pocket.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Widows

    Widows is a terrific thriller and Steve McQueen's best film so far. It's also one of the few modern films to deal with contemporary times in an intelligent and truthful manner. McQueen does this by embracing the genre's terms instead of being afraid of them and by doing so, he makes his own undaunted political statement in a way that's more natural and authentic than in an openly political Hollywood film.

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