Queen & Slim (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

Queen & Slim (2019)



Critic Consensus: Stylish, provocative, and powerful, Queen & Slim tells a gripping fugitive story steeped in timely, thoughtful subtext.

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While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

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Bokeem Woodbine
as Uncle Earl
Chloë Sevigny
as Mrs. Shepherd
as Mr. Shepherd
Sturgill Simpson
as Police Officer Reed
Indya Moore
as Goddess
Kenneth Kynt Bryan
as Funeral Attendee
Dominic Cancelliere
as Lexus Driver
John Sturgill Simpson
as Police Officer Reed
Benito Martinez
as Sheriff Edgar
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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (31)

It think it is a thrilling debut [for director Melina Matsoukas]... You fall in love with this couple.

December 2, 2019 | Full Review…

It makes bold narrative choices but backs them up with confidence, so there's never any questioning Matsoukas' vision. She's delivered a potent love story for our times.

December 1, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Fantasy requires a wide berth, but it's not always clear whose fantasy is being worked here.

November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

There's no getting around the appeal of these two characters, as Kaluuya and Turner-Smith play them...

November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

I responded strongly to the film's sense of scope and scale. The 'rhetoric' of Queen & Slim reverberates with anger and love and mourning.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Queen & Slim is one of those increasingly rare movies that should leave audiences discussing it after they exit the theater. Yet if the film derives power from its broader context, there's strength in the journey as well as the destination.

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
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