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If Beale Street Could Talk (15)


Drama in which a pregnant woman tries to clear her fiancé's name when he is wrongly accused of a crime.

The critical consensus

Another beautifully played, gorgeously photographed snapshot of the African-American experience.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 15/01/2019

A sort of Romeo And Juliet with systemic racism replacing the family feud, this is romantic and infuriating, hopeful and despairing. A sensory, desperately emotional experience for lovers and fighters alike.

*****Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 04/02/2019

Jenkins has cemented his status as a very big deal.

*****Tayler Montague, Little White Lies, 04/02/2019

Beale Street may seem a little arch at times, but it is also magical filmmaking which looks for, and finds, beauty in the most unlikely places.

*****Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 06/02/2019

Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar-winner Moonlight with the moving, beautifully told tale of a pregnant black woman fighting for justice in 70s New York.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/02/2019

While the film is a love story and a tragedy, it’s not a tragic love story. Tish and Fonny’s love for each other transcends their circumstances. They’re not the film’s tragic characters; that role falls to America.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2019

As is Nicholas Britell’s score which, together with James Laxton’s cinematography, is perfectly married to the complexity of the characters, the poetry of the dialogue and the inarguable conclusion that “the game has been rigged”.

*****Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 16/02/2019

Features about If Beale Street Could Talk (15)

Barry Jenkins on If Beale Street Could Talk: 'It's like I had a contract with myself. This was the best thing to do.'

James Mottram, The List, 05/02/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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