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Miss Juneteenth (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Like a pageant winner walking across the stage, Miss Juneteenth follows a familiar path -- but does so with charm and grace.

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Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen--she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed--two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn't turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.

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Cast

Nicole Beharie
as Turquoise
Lori Hayes
as Charlotte
Liz Mikel
as Betty Ray
Phyllis Cicero
as Mrs. Washington
Lisha Hackney
as Clarissa
Mathew Greer
as Rev. Patterson
Jaime Matthis
as Quintavious
Alicia Dary
as Parade Attendee
Carol Dary
as Parade Attendee
Jacqueline Daryl
as Parade Attendee
Jacqueline Dary
as Parade Attendee
Rochelle Goodrich
as Parade Attendee
Stacey A. Sheffield
as Church Member
Ari Smith
as Church Member
Marlene Thornton
as Church Member
Eleanor T. Threatt
as Church Member
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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (27)

It's a rare American film that is willing to risk not having the protagonist learn the right lesson -- especially if the filmmaker, too, is ambitious to move on to bigger things.

October 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Channing Godfrey Peoples's debut -- the mellow, tender-hearted Miss Juneteenth -- is a portrait of a life robbed of its dreams.

September 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5

For anyone who values diverse storytelling, Peoples' portrait of a hardworking woman on the up is a tale of hopefulness - and a reason to hope in itself.

September 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A skilful, nuanced take on a traditional survival narrative.

September 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a story that doesn't ignore the realities of being Black in America, acknowledging deep-seated issues that the country continues to grapple with.

June 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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A really sweet movie. It's a little loose, but I think it really fits with the story itself, which kind of meanders its way into a kind of sweet feeling.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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