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Widows (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Widows rounds up a stellar ensemble for a heist thriller that mixes popcorn entertainment with a message - and marks another artistic leap for director Steve McQueen.

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From Academy Award (R)-winning director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. "Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar (R) winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. "Widows" also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.

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Viola Davis
as Veronica
Colin Farrell
as Jack Mulligan
Robert Duvall
as Tom Mulligan
Liam Neeson
as Harry Rawlins
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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (13)

It's a superbly crafted thriller that also happens to be as entertaining as any popcorn movie you'll see all year.

November 12, 2018 | Full Review…

McQueen's masterful film is the kind that works on multiple levels simultaneously-as pure pulp entertainment but also as a commentary on how often it feels like we have to take what we are owed or risk never getting it at all.

November 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

After watching what filmmaker Steve McQueen does with the heist drama in "Widows," give him free rein to take on whatever other tried-and-true (and somewhat rote) Hollywood genre he wants to transform into a piece of high art.

November 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This film goes beyond a simple heist. This is a testament to women breaking ground in new genres, especially women of color. Go see this film as soon as you can, preferably with a large audience.

November 8, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

To watch them coalesce into a hard-nosed crew of heisters is the year's most purely pleasurable piece of transformation.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The film is taut, emotional, exciting and surprising and led by a performance from Davis so fierce and specific that you will want to see her make 20 more action movies.

October 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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