For Queen & Country
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With a cruel, keen edge, this taut social drama slices deeply into Thatcher's England to expose a grim underbelly of racism, cynicism and despair. Reuben James is a black paratrooper who has spent the last nine years serving in the British army and who finally gets discharged to return to his home in South London. There he discovers that the residents have been ravaged by the poverty of the decade and many have turned to crime to survive, while others do their best in the midst of crushing hopelessness to find order and meaning. He too fights the same battles as he struggles to find work.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Effective radical agitprop, relentless in its anger, this film is more outspoken about contemporary racism in England than any other feature that comes to mind."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In a terrifically subtle and powerful performance, Mr. Washington is true to the modest, struggling man he plays. His expression registers restrained anger and much confusion."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"A jolly caper it isn't, but for gritty thrills and powerful drama, it delivers."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Artfully directed and acted, For Queen & Country errs by overstating its case."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This is a serious subject, and worthy of a serious journalistic report. That is not, however, what For Queen and Country is."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"For Queen & Country is suspense-free, a laboriously paced look at the poor man's impotence in an unjust society."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Well-intentioned but overreaching."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Aside from the bizarre sight of Denzel Washington sporting a cockney British accent, there's not much worth recommending about For Queen and Country."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The choice of Washington doesn't help: he isn't bad in the part, but his accent strays absurdly. More worrying is the often corny plotting, the by now tired-looking exploitation of Broadwater violence, and a preposterous shootout ending."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Serious-minded and foreboding -- a dark statement that might be a welcome astringent for the buttery buildup on your moviegoing palate."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Denzel Washington gives a forceful performance as the black protagonist, but the story sinks into mere cops-and-robbers melodrama after a while."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Sadly, in trying to make a point about an unjust society, director Martin Stellman and writer Trix Worrell go disastrously overboard."
‑ , Film4
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