Queen & Slim (2019) - Crime, Drama, Romance

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A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.

Director: Melina Matsoukas
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith
Length: 132 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 51 out of 314 found boring (16.24%)

One-line Reviews (166)

After engaging in self-defense and going on the run they both instantly become the targets of a nationwide search as they make a desperate run across the Deep South for their escape.

Slow and boring movie .

The film could be a bit predictable in parts and it also suffered from being slightly too repetitive.

Their differences are immediately evident as she's well dressed, proper in manners, slow to share personal stuff, and an attorney.

This is a gripping and well paced social commentary that made me feel quite emotional and led me to have a lengthy discussion with my friend about the issues portrayed in the movie.

"Queen & Slim" or "The Political Statement that needs to die"Apart from the direction, which is a giant mess, the film starts out so slow it is hard to keep your eyes open.

While this is a very important message to examine I felt that it removes the audience from the main focus that is the bond between two characters, the execution was also too straightforward and predictable; I would have preferred a more subtle reference to these subjects, if any.

The cinematography is breathtaking, the interactions between people (especially civilian and authority) are eerily prescient.

This movie was one absurd cliche after another.

The story had real potential, but they cared more about sending a message than making a compelling story.

You could say that Queen and Slim are actually oblivious to what is going on around them, but they are the catalyst for protests and shocking unexpected violence.

The first hour ot the movie was excellent However instead of developing the wonderful start into an exciting court case concerning the fracas between the police and 2 members of the public who happened to be black,the film meandered lazily along without adding any value to same thus reducing the quality of same dramatically.

I think most people expect an action packed movie.

OK - this movie is too long.

The end was a bit predictable.

Breathtaking film .

The stunning Jodie Turner-Smith as Queen is the cool and lonely lawyer who knows her legal rights, Slim is the black guy who knows to co-operate.

An incredibly gripping emotional story of a young couples adventure running from the law for doing what they felt they needed to do to save saving their own lives.

What message does this send except more confusion.

It's suspenseful, thrilling, gripping and at times intense and sexy.

Predictable in a few places, but entertaining and smart .

Slow and boring.

That may be more entertaining in some ways.

Each aspect is as successful as the next; the overall affair is urgent, engaging and affecting.

Much of the film feels very drawn out, bloated sequences that did not need to be present, while other times it was a little too focused on pointing out the obvious.

But it's a beautifully slow romance.

What follows is an escape or an attempt, one that's more humorous and entertaining than the event that started this chain would suggest.

It is a story about how people can be surprisingly dynamic and unpredictable.

Yes, they were two compelling characters, especially Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith).

Horrible directing, the acting is amateurish, lead actors are not enticing, hard to follow, most political movies end up like this.

Unrealistic propaganda at it's finest.

From start to around the midpoint of the film I would describe Queen & Slim as an intense on the run film with tender and quiet moments of silence.

Engaging suspense thriller devolves into unfortunate race-based agitprop .

Engaging from the the very beginning.

A great opportunity for a tense and riveting revamp of Bonnie & Clyde felt squandered.

But it somehow manages to be ridiculously unrealistic and boring the way the writer decided to present the story.

Queen and Slim's first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation.

Layered, engaging, original road movie.

But the movie at times was boring and slow and not for the right reasons.

This domino affect of events will keep you on the edge of your seats and is sure to entertain.

Waithe's screenplay is sharp, completely absorbing, and has something crucial to convey in its storytelling.

Okay, there are some plot threads shared with movies like Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma and Louise, but there are enough differences to make it worth watching.

Boring and stupid.. .


Enjoyable as a music video, the plot is lacking .

An overlong, boring, unrealistic travelogue of quasi-racism.

A modern but very slow and inplausible bonnie and Clyde .

It took me a minute to watch this movie because of how everyone were saying it was slow, wasn't that good, and I just went off of that and didn't even try to find out for myself.

The conversation also quite bored!

The first 15 minutes of this films comes out hot and I swear I thought it was going to be my favorite film of the year at that point, but after that it got reeeaaaalllllyyyy slow.

It's thrilling, gripping, moving and exciting.

Way too long and mushy .

Unrealistic and predictable .

Queen & Slim started off as an intense drama that had me on the edge of my seat.

Probably the worst movie I've ever seen.

This movie hits the ground running and for the first hour, does not let up, it is really intense.

What started off as a decent and engaging plot, ended up being a mushy and unnecessarily long dragged out film.

Movie could have easily been an hour shorter just by cutting unnecessary long shots of driving on an empty road.

Again, I know that's the films theme but like other films (Bombshell in particular) it's narrow minded, one sided PC Propaganda message with a toxic meaning.

Without going into spoilers, all I can say is that this movie is just too slow paced and does not fulfil a promise of what could have been a great fugitive movie with a strong social message.

It's a gripping run from the law, that is powerfully acted and chock full of character.

This was very very slow moving movie.

Great movie, but sad, even considering it's slow pace a times.


And so they run, from hide out to bars its just boring.

Long and pointless.

Well crafted, great characters, engrossing.

One major issue I noticed once it hit the halfway point was how slow the pacing was.

Side characters vary from impactful to pointless.

The movie was good, but in my opinion I would have enjoyed it better with less irony (don't like life imitating art).

As a statement, the movie almost failed to live up to it's promise, until in a shockingly predictable moment, it shook me.

The ending is gripping to say the least and the senses of hope and dread that bob around throughout the film give it a roller coaster feel; something rare to find in films that are not symbolic of the thriller, suspense, or horror genres.

Watching 2 dark brown skin people on the screen with such undeniable chemistry was breathtaking.

The film suffers from the slow pacing & dragged directing.

Amazing shots, great editing, solid story, all in all, very enjoyable.

The movie is suspenseful from minute one.

This was an enjoyable movie.

Make the film unwatchable!

Very boring movie, predictable story line,same usual black story,lengthy, don't waste your time on this.

It's wayyyyyt too predictable and nothing more then a disappointment.

Worst movie I've watched in years.

It's tense, unpredictable and powerful.

Great beginning but slow slow slow and unrealistic decision making throughout the film.


It made me walk out saying it was a very interesting and creatively shot film, but that ending made it all feel pointless.

The people complaining about how "slow" this movie is, haven't attempted to dive into the ethos of Queen and Slim.

Had it been fast and snappy it could have been a good film.

The character development is very strong and intriguing and this is all made this way because of the incredible acting and excellent dialogue.

Starting off as hot as it did, to then slow down as much as it does, makes it incredible hard to keep attention and be successful.

It's well worth the watch, ignore the haters who are just mad about the premise and enjoy it for yourself.

Too long, boring .

This needed at least 30 mins shaved off, especially from the long and dragged out sappy scenes.

After that everything else was just ridiculously boring and unrealistic.

The trailer tell most of the story but still worth watching.

Overly long and just boring, the film is dated by the myth of "hands up don't shoot" propaganda when the statistics say different, not even the Trayvon narrative holds up anymore in 2020 where they went further than harboring a fugitive, they put the wrong person on the stand, this feels like something they'd try a few years ago, now its just become tiresome.

You watch two very enjoyable and well developed hours waiting for that solid message and conclusion.

The storyline was predictable and lazy.

Let's get started as I look at: LIKES:Acting Symbolism Adventure mixed with Morals Cultural Representation Tasteful At Times MusicDISLIKES:Long Slow Pace Super political at parts that detracts from story Secondary character are sort of at lost A bit stereotypical at times Lazy writing in dialogue at times Predictable Editing IssuesThe Verdict:Queen and Slim's two main leads are stellar, taking very shallow characters and evolving their performances with to match the development.

Good Film, but too long & dragged out .

It's that compelling when it comes to getting your attention.

This is teaching and entertaining cinema of a most modern kind.

A riveting soundtrack and lush cinematography give the film an occasionally wondrous feel, despite the squalid surroundings and a grim storyline.

Exciting start.

Entire film too long, and slow!

It just got boring really fast.

I love Daniel Kaluuya, but this movie is so cringy, pointless and boring.

)Well Chloe shows up with Flea -- who cannot act to save his life-- and the movie just gets slower and more boring.

Emotional, Riveting, Timely .

"I wanted to like the film after seeing the trailer, but it is ultimately weighed down by its own self-indulgence, culminating in scene after scene continuing to hammer home the point when the film should have ended long before.

Instead, it took a compelling beginning and turned it into a story about two people searching for someone who'll love them the way they want to be loved.

Then there is the overtly political message shown with the kid getting shot in a protest while being intercut with a sex scene and both are just overly drawn out.

Engrossing, ultimately hard-hitting fugitive drama .

Holy shit is this movie ever slow and boring.

Freshman scenarist Len Waithe and "A Million Little Pieces" scribe James Frey, who provided the story, pull no punches in this grim but memorable outing that suffers marginally from its long, drawn-out running time of 132 minutes.

An unlikely but thrilling adventure?

I just got out of Queen & SlimI enjoyed it!!

When moments of rawness and vulnerability strike forth, particular latter scenes between Queen and Slim as they open up further to each other and progress in their relationship, the film soars but in its current end product, the film remains engaging without ever forming into the true classic it potentially could've been.

but so many movies like this revolve solely around the message, as opposed to having an intriguing story and great characters like this one did.

It's a stunning movie from both a narrative and acting perspective.

Too long, slow, and not intense!

'Queen & Slim (2019)' is especially fantastic for a feature film directorial debut, a confident and compelling odyssey across America.

Daniel Kaluuya really makes this film worth watching.

The visual poetry is breathtaking, and commands your attention, as the scenery beckons that you recognize it as it's own character.

The two main characters have good chemistry and the side characters were unique and enjoyable to watch.

Boring to watch.

Very predictable.

Sequences are designed to capture the full power of many topics of interest, attempting to again balance the heat of the moment with an objective take sort of capturing a news debate in a more entertaining form.

Indeed, the idea of an innocent person or persons, falsely accused and on the run, can be the stuff of great suspense and compelling drama.

I was hoping to watch a modern Bonnie & Clyde, but what I got instead was a confused, slow and superficial film.

Except our unexpected heroes are on the Underground Railway to freedom.

i enjoyed it very much (1 viewing, 3/17/2020) SPOILERS the end of this movie had me in tears.

The storyline was intense, and I was rooting for these characters constantly.

Such an entertaining adventure that had me on the edge of my seat the entire 2 hours, and beautifully shot.

Bored to freaking death!

Yet, in terms of an entertaining story that has the full picture of suspense, discussion, and storytelling it still has areas of improvement to go.

Wanted to like this, but it was a waste if time.

The slow pacing was hardly a problem when you're so entranced with the chemistry between the two actors.

It does feel long and it does feel a little repetitive in parts.

In this crime drama, a couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when they are pulled over by a police officer.

Finally, the music has enough musical genres to make an entertaining soundtrack, with R&B, Rap, and Hip hop ready to blast through the speakers during transition sequences.

Rest of movie was too dull to continue to watch.

The story was slow, and not interesting.

A gripping social commentary .

This final scene is far too drawn out made worse by slow motion effects and would have been more impactful if they shortened it.

But slow direction and pacing.

Sadly this was 2.5 hours of confusion and boredom.

Exciting beginning and that's it!

Comes off as more of a boring road trip movie than a "crime thriller".

Numerous times I found it predictable.

Very slow .

Inspired by the United States current climate of racial tensions and injustice's committed against its black communities through misguided law enforcement, Slim is a powerful examination of black lives in today's world, as we follow Daniel Kaluuya's Slim and Jodie Turner-Smith's Queen, as their Tinder date takes an unexpected turn when they find themselves on the run after an altercation with a white police officer.

predictable and not based on any real life situations, except those in the imagination of some race baiters trying to make money.

The more important part - the first boring trip to indie of the director's first full-length film - before that, Melina Matsukas was shooting only music videos.

But this was boring.

This film was very well directed and well acted yet really gets complex with its story line beyond the obvious Bonny Clyde mixed with Black rights which is an interesting plot but it gets confusing.

I liked this movie very much, while it might have been a bit better edited (some slow and long passages).

I highly recommend it

PROS:Nice chemistry between Kaluya and Smith-Turner, intense ending, impresive cinematography and score CONS:one-two stupid desicions from protagonists (you give your gun to a stranger, really?

Sometimes someone makes a pie filled with delicious ingredients, yet they manage to make the outcome taste bland.

Bokeem Woodbine was entertaining to watch as always.

The cast is riveting and the cinematography is spectacular!

I won't give anything away, but it was fascinating to watch the relationship between the two of them evolve, from their first date to where they end up at the climax of the film.

The points in the film where the couple made a few stop offs, yes, I know, from the synopsis, it states that the second half of the film is about the couple getting to know each other but it came off a both distracting & pointless given the fact the film was mainly about the couple going on the run.

Some issues but worth the watch.

It's worth watching a few times.

Worth the watch.