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When four armed robbers are killed in an explosive heist attempt, their widows - with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities - take fate into their own hands to forge a future on their own terms.
Crime Drama Thriller - This is an ensemble heist drama/action thriller aimed at adults.
Viola Davis plays the focal character, and her fans should be
pleased, as should those of Michelle Rodriguez, who gets a rare
opportunity to display her dramatic abilities in addition to those in
action. The male actors in the cast are distinctly secondary,
including Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, and Robert Duvall. Constant
language, brutal violence, and
sexual situations make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with brief nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, stabbings, killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Shootouts, chases, explosions. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good If Widows was "just” a heist movie, it would be fun but inconsequential. Narrative elements related to female empowerment and social injustice add layers to this film that enrich the subtext. Widows is dark, gritty, and grim. Most heist movies are assembled as lighthearted fun, but this one oozes solemnity. Yet the movie delivers...
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent ...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.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good ...a rousing thriller with the unlikeliest of criminal sisterhoods. The excellent adaptation of a 1983 British TV series...is a gripping Chicago-set yarn so taut and twisty, you'll need an oxygen tank with your popcorn.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good For all its flaws, Widows is McQueen's most fascinating, bracing feature to date, a demonstration of the filmmaker embracing his commercial instincts instead of trying to pass them off as weighty and important.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 28 moviegoers:
TEENS: The lone male enjoyed "Widows" very much. The ladies also enjoyed it with one indicating that she loved it and one rating it "above average," which indicates a movie she enjoyed very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One male loved it and one felt it was just a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). The lone female also rated it "good/average."
ADULTS: These reviews are good but not great. Only about a quarter of the males loved "Widows." Another 40% enjoyed it very much, but didn't love it. The remaining 35%, or so, felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). As for the ladies, half of them loved "Widows," with another 15% enjoying it very much. Unfortunately, the remaining 35% felt it was just a "good/average" movie.