For Queen & Country
For Queen & Country (1989)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Caryn James
New York Times

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.

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Empire Magazine

A jolly caper it isn't, but for gritty thrills and powerful drama, it delivers.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

This is a serious subject, and worthy of a serious journalistic report. That is not, however, what For Queen and Country is.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

For Queen & Country is suspense-free, a laboriously paced look at the poor man's impotence in an unjust society.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Well-intentioned but overreaching.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Serious-minded and foreboding -- a dark statement that might be a welcome astringent for the buttery buildup on your moviegoing palate.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Denzel Washington gives a forceful performance as the black protagonist, but the story sinks into mere cops-and-robbers melodrama after a while.

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
Denzel walks around, denzel talks to some guys, denzel drinks some liquor, denzel dies. and he does all this with a british accent and australian slang.