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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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Critic Reviews for Miss Juneteenth

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (43)

A joyful observation of Black lives, timely in this moment of global protest against racial injustice.

January 27, 2021 | Full Review…

Carl Jung's claim that the greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents is rigorously tested, and validated, by this perfectly formed heartbreaker from the debut director Channing Godfrey Peoples.

January 27, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film buzzes with life and sincere feeling. The performances resonate like a struck bell. But a few too many questions are left unasked.

January 27, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…

There are struggles still to be faced, but the message of Peoples's film is one of love, hope and change.

September 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film owes most of its appeal to its ability to navigate some rather thorny post-race themes under the guise of a breezy social drama.

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

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