Widows

Widows

Widows

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) co-writes and directs fellow Academy Award winner Viola Davis (Fences) in this heist thriller based on the 1983 TV series. Co-written with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.

Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, a group of women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

2018Rating: MA15+, Strong violence, sex scene and coarse language129 minsUK, USA
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Katie Parker

Flicks, Katie Parker

flicks

It's nail-biting,and features messy, rough and intensely real female characters, rather than what Hollywood usually struggles to serve up.

5.0
Flicks, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Flicks, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

flicks

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen's latest film is a highly anticipated thriller starring Viola Davis. Ahead of the film's theatrical release next month, critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas provides an early look at one of the year's must-see releases.

5.0

Absolutely forgettable. Putting a black woman in a role as wife to a white man doesn't a good movie make.

3.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

It's a stark, violent, cynical but thoroughly entertaining caper picture.

Variety

Variety

press

It presents an enjoyably dark and sleazy vision of ordinary lives intertwining with the hurly-burly of street thuggery, local machine politics, and half a dozen other forms of daily corruption.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Widows is rife with pertinent detail, doled out sharply by McQueen. He's not a subtle filmmaker, exactly, but his indicating has a gracefulness to it.

The Times

The Times

press

A flawed but fascinating mismatch between director and project, Widows is tough on crime, but even tougher on the causes of crime.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

McQueen is in confident control of the material. It's such a thrill to see him at play with genre material and Widows glides like so few multiplex-packing thrillers do these days.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Widows is the marriage of Flynn's instinct for the twist and the strong female lead, with McQueen's flair for the frame and visual metaphor. It has produced one of the strongest films of 2018. Terrifically recommended.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Gripping, corrosive and superbly acted...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing, sociologically loaded crime drama.

Flicks, Katie Parker

Flicks, Katie Parker

flicks

It's nail-biting,and features messy, rough and intensely real female characters, rather than what Hollywood usually struggles to serve up.

5.0
Flicks, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Flicks, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

flicks

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen's latest film is a highly anticipated thriller starring Viola Davis. Ahead of the film's theatrical release next month, critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas provides an early look at one of the year's must-see releases.

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

It's a stark, violent, cynical but thoroughly entertaining caper picture.

Variety

Variety

press

It presents an enjoyably dark and sleazy vision of ordinary lives intertwining with the hurly-burly of street thuggery, local machine politics, and half a dozen other forms of daily corruption.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Widows is rife with pertinent detail, doled out sharply by McQueen. He's not a subtle filmmaker, exactly, but his indicating has a gracefulness to it.

The Times

The Times

press

A flawed but fascinating mismatch between director and project, Widows is tough on crime, but even tougher on the causes of crime.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

McQueen is in confident control of the material. It's such a thrill to see him at play with genre material and Widows glides like so few multiplex-packing thrillers do these days.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Widows is the marriage of Flynn's instinct for the twist and the strong female lead, with McQueen's flair for the frame and visual metaphor. It has produced one of the strongest films of 2018. Terrifically recommended.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Gripping, corrosive and superbly acted...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An absorbing, sociologically loaded crime drama.

Absolutely forgettable. Putting a black woman in a role as wife to a white man doesn't a good movie make.

3.0