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Luce (2019)



Critic Consensus: Luce brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion.

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It's been ten years since Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea, and they thought the worst was behind them. Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become an all-star student beloved by his community in Arlington, Virginia. His African American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), believes he is a symbol of black excellence that sets a positive example for his peers. But when he is assigned to write an essay in the voice of a historical twentieth-century figure, Luce turns in a paper that makes an alarming statement about political violence. Worried about how this assignment reflects upon her star pupil, Harriet searches his locker and finds something that confirms her worst fears.

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Naomi Watts
as Amy Edgar
Octavia Spencer
as Harriet Wilson
Tim Roth
as Peter Edgar
Norbert Leo Butz
as Principal Dan
Andrea Bang
as Stephanie Kim
as Deshaun Meeks
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All Critics (154) | Top Critics (32)

Adapted by Onah and JC Lee from Lee's play of the same name, it's chilling and provocative, sharply written and sensationally acted by a cast of big-hitters and unknowns.

November 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It's Spencer's performance that ends up packing most of the film's heat. Where the other characterisations dither or flip-flop, hers deepens, intensified and shaken by the war of ideas.

November 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Staginess stalks the enterprise throughout, a prowling figure in an opera cape, and ends by strangling everyone with the cords of loquacity, moralism and story contrivance.

November 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Luce feels theatrical in the wrong way: muddled and contrived.

November 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A convincing and confidant example of sustained menace.

November 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This earnest race drama occasionally flirts with turning into a sociopath thriller. You'll kind of wish it did.

November 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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