Widows
Director: 
Steve McQueen
Year: 
2018
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
129 mins
Cast: 
Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon

From Academy Award®-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® 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.

"For all its cynicism, the movie floats on a darkly exhilarating brand of escapism. It’s one of the year’s highlights in any genre." - Chicago Tribune

"This is precision entertainment, a crackling, pulse-pounding heist movie with a sterling cast, a whip-smart script, and undeniable social resonance, calling to mind heavyweight champs like The French Connection and Heat. It never quite matches those cinema milestones, but make no mistake, 'Widows' is a knockout." - The Film Stage

"As always, Steve McQueen is an original and bold storyteller, delivering the goods with dazzling creativity. Even when 'Widows”'delves into pulpy, blood-soaked material, everything is filtered through the lens of a true artist. This is one of the best movies of the year." - Chicago Sun-Times

"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." - RogerEbert.com

"The filmmaker brings everything he has as an artist to this raw, resonant thriller. The screen damn near explodes as his genre caper suddenly encompasses a whole social strata (race, class, politics, gender). You’re in for a hell of a ride." - Rolling Stone

"It’s all deliciously fun and deliriously devious, but Widows isn’t just an exercise in sheer escapism." - Consequence of Sound

"A heist movie with serious bite, 'Widows' is both brilliantly tense and strikingly relevant." - Total Film

"The film is a brisk, engrossing narrative that weaves this story with engaging dialogue, incredible one-liners, and the kind of slow burn that any good neo-noir film should have. But what makes 'Widows' so unbelievable is its trust in its players, the viewer’s intelligence and savviness, and a bevy of technical moments." - Film Threat

"Dramatic fragments, blasted our way, dance before us for the next two hours, rotating and glinting, colliding and connecting, like a puzzle in zero gravity. As a transition into flinty, supercharged genre filmmaking, it gets by on no more than electric confidence, high-fiving technical virtuosity, and a cast to die for. It’s very satisfying." - The Telegraph

"'Widows' will remind you of how massively entertaining crime movies can be, especially when they’re animated by the spirit of cool-headed capability, on and offscreen." - Time Out

"It’s got a powerhouse cast, a hefty running time, and a story that pointedly comments on race, gender, and class. It’s also, as it turns out, a crackerjack and highly satisfying heist thriller, perfectly suited to the multiplex. This one, in other words, doesn’t fit any high-low, fun-or-serious binary." - The A.V. Club