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For Queen & Country

For Queen & Country (1989)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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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

Jun 1, 2004

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (9) | DVD (4)

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.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is a serious subject, and worthy of a serious journalistic report. That is not, however, what For Queen and Country is.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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For Queen & Country is suspense-free, a laboriously paced look at the poor man's impotence in an unjust society.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Serious-minded and foreboding -- a dark statement that might be a welcome astringent for the buttery buildup on your moviegoing palate.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A jolly caper it isn't, but for gritty thrills and powerful drama, it delivers.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Well-intentioned but overreaching.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Artfully directed and acted, For Queen & Country errs by overstating its case.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Aside from the bizarre sight of Denzel Washington sporting a cockney British accent, there's not much worth recommending about For Queen and Country.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Sadly, in trying to make a point about an unjust society, director Martin Stellman and writer Trix Worrell go disastrously overboard.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for For Queen & Country

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.
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