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Widows (15)

Drama, Crime, Action

Crime thriller in which three widowed women plan to complete the heist in which their husbands were killed.

The critical consensus

The film is intended as an entertainment, an old-fashioned heist thriller, but even in its most escapist moments, it never loses sight of the bigger issues underlying its heroines’ plight.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 13/10/2018

McQueen's contemplative, soul-searching style is in evidence enough without detracting from genre thrills and feminist fury.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 10/10/2018

It is a film with a sledgehammer punch.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/10/2018

Widows is hugely impressive, engaging and slick in a way that maintains McQueen's signature mature style without getting caught up in a tired, crime caper tradition. It interrogates the workings of grief and trauma as well as the corruption of institutions, be it political or familial, exposing the enduring frailties of the people and systems we should be able to trust the most.

****(*)Caitlin Quinlan, The Skinny, 01/11/2018

In a collaborative endeavour almost overburdened by outstanding work, it seems strange to single out any single element for recognition. For me, that is the film’s greatest strength.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 04/11/2018

Heart-stopping action combined with heartbreaking drama.

****(*)Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 05/11/2018

A heist movie with serious bite, Widows is both brilliantly tense and strikingly relevant.

*****Kate Stables, Total Film, 05/11/2018

With the help of a staggering ensemble cast, Steve McQueen has made an intelligent, emotional thriller that contemplates contemporary American politics as confidently as it does blowing shit up.

****(*)John Nugent, Empire Online, 05/11/2018

No need for mourning garb for this smart, gripping thriller.

*****Kevin Ibbotson-Wight, The Wee Review, 08/11/2018

The end result is entertaining as hell: a defiantly feminist piece of art that questions why the default setting for commercial movie-making still favours male-led stories.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 08/11/2018

Features about Widows (15)

Director Steve McQueen: Why I chose to remake 1980s TV hit Widows--video

BBC, 11/10/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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