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Queen of Katwe (PG)

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

The critical consensus

It is a thoroughly heartwarming story in which you’re rooting so hard for the heroine that you scarcely notice how contrived some of Nair’s dramatic gambits really are.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 19/10/2016

Mira Nair’s sweet movie, based on the real Ugandan chess champ Phiona Mutesi (well played by Madina Nalwanga) doesn’t exactly stretch Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, but it’s hard to dislike.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 20/10/2016

A sentimental salute to the triumph of the underdog.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 21/10/2016

Disney’s rags-to-riches tale of a Ugandan chess champion will leave you with a lump in your throat.

****(*)Jonathan Romney, The Observer, 23/10/2016

Its plot isn’t going to win any prizes for originality, but Nair tells the story with immense warmth and cheer. You can see just about every move coming, but it’s making all the right ones.

****(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 17/10/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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