KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach
Director: Barry Jenkins
Running Time: 120 minutes
Certificate: 15 - infrequent very strong language, strong sex
"A heart-stopping love story. It’s a terrific film, as sinewy as it is sensuous, interweaving stark social-realist themes of prejudice, oppression and imprisonment with a poetic evocation of love, loss and, ultimately, transcendence."
- Mark Kermode, Observer
"A magnificent love story from Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins. If proof were needed that Jenkins’s directing achievement was far from a one-off, it pulses and dances through every sequence of his follow-up, If Beale Street Could Talk, in all its gorgeous romantic melancholy and sublimated outrage."
-Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Jenkins doesn’t scratch the surface of the black American experience. He takes you deep into its bones and suggests that far less has changed than the naive may believe."
-Matthew Norman, London Evening Standard
"A sort of Romeo And Juliet with systemic racism replacing the family feud, this is romantic and infuriating, hopeful and despairing. A sensory, desperately emotional experience for lovers and fighters alike."
- Helen O’Hara, Empire Magazine
"Every shot is immaculate, and there are often intense close ups of the cast, so much so that the film feels very much as if we are seeing the world through the eyes of the young lovers and they are the centre of each other’s world."
- Lewis Knight, Daily Mirror
"Barry Jenkins channels all of James Baldwin’s lyricism and anger into a story of love and injustice that burns with a gentle flame, occasionally blazing into a white heat."
-Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
"If Beale Street Could Talk becomes a chronicle of crushed innocence and systemic injustice, but also a poetic paean to the healing power of love."
-Stephen Dalton, Times
"Here is a film almost woozy with its own beauty and dignity, a film going transcendently high in the face of a racist world going low."
-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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