The Woman King

critic Reviews

, 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • All hail Viola Davis! The Woman King rules.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    Predictable script hitting every conventional beat... It all plays out like a Disney movie made for kids, except with copious throat slitting – and even that is relatively tame in order to maintain the PG-13 rating
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    It’s fast, and it’s loose, and it totally works.
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    Tim GriersonScreen International
    Prince-Bythewood celebrates these women warriors through impressive fight scenes that are athletic but realistic, eschewing the sort of CGI overkill that has run rampant in recent action films.
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    Kimber MyersCrooked Marquee
    The Woman King is a crowd pleaser at its core, intent on entertaining the audience as much as elevating a story that many in its audience may not know (though they’ll probably still need to do a bit of research).
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    Sa'iyda ShabazzAutostraddle
    The Woman King has two unnecessary plot points that distract from the power of the story of the Agojie.
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    Melanie McFarlandSalon.com
    If you're someone who loves action movies that use "true events" as an entry to a deeper narrative about surviving trauma, defying misogyny and overcoming personal torment in the face, along with all the ass-kicking, then The Woman King is a masterpiece.
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    Theolin TemboIndependent Online (South Africa)
    To get complex, scheming, heroic and strong black characters -- exhibiting much of what it means to be black on screen -- within the context of a historical movie is a treat.
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    Abby OlceseThe Pitch
    The fight choreography is stunning, with Prince-Bythewood showcasing the abilities of her performers in shots that grab hold of your eyeballs and refuse to let go.
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    Sarah Jessica RintjemaExclaim!
    Unlike the all-too-common, typically lazy "girl power" tropes found in your average blockbuster, director Gina Prince-Bythewood not only respects her female characters, but also cares for them as complex and flawed people.
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    J. Don BirnamBelow the Line
    Viola Davis introduced this film by calling it her magnum opus--and she was not kidding. As the aging but brave warrior at the center of the film, she makes what should have been a mundane war movie something much more memorable
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