Queen & Slim

critic Reviews

82% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score82%
  • Stylish, provocative, and powerful, Queen & Slim tells a gripping fugitive story steeped in timely, thoughtful subtext.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Tony BakerTony Baker Comedy
    The performances of the two leads was good. You were really all in with these two... Visually it just looked great. You can tell the director had a flair for the visual.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It think it is a thrilling debut [for director Melina Matsoukas]... You fall in love with this couple.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Very entertaining in a number of ways. Thrilling, kind of funny... Love these two actors together.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    Given the dire predicament of Queen and Slim, there's a surprising amount of humor on display. Not everything here works, but mostly it does.
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    Stephen GarrettBook & Film Globe
    What an amazing declaration. How is this a Hollywood movie? And why can't Hollywood make more?
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    Alissa WilkinsonVox
    It's a Bonnie and Clyde tale worth telling today.
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    Jesse HassengerThe Week
    At its best, the movie extends a sense of generosity and humanity toward a variety of characters the sorta-couple encounters on their journey. At the same time, Queen & Slim doesn't feel fully equipped to grapple with the issues it raises.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Even in these extraordinary circumstances, their story has a universality that evokes warmth and meaning, unfolding as a series of surprises that invert the usual narrative. And where it goes is important.
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    Cate YoungThe Muse/Jezebel
    Despite its commercial framing as a classic outlaw narrative, Queen & Slim is simply a gorgeous reflection of the hope that can emerge amid the darkness of futility.
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    Leonard Maltinleonardmaltin.com
    I didn't think I would grow attached to this disparate couple, but both Kaluuya & Turner-Smith are charismatic and the film serves them well. The end may be inevitable to anyone familiar with lovers-on-the-lam stories but it still packs a punch
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