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Small Axe: Lovers Rock (2020)

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Critic Consensus: A singular viewing experience that perfectly captures a moment in time, Lovers Rock is a lovingly-crafted ode to Black joy.

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Lovers Rock tells a fictional story of young love at a Blues party in 1980. The film is an ode to the romantic reggae genre called "Lovers Rock" and to the Black youth who found freedom and love in its sound in London house parties, when they were unwelcome in white nightclubs. Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn makes her screen debut opposite the BAFTAs 2020 Rising Star award recipient Micheal Ward (Top Boy). Shaniqua Okwok (Boys), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Sex Education), Ellis George (Dr. Who), Alexander James-Blake (Top Boy), and Kadeem Ramsay (Blue Story) also star, as well as Francis Lovehall and Daniel Francis-Swaby who make their screen debuts. Lovers Rock was co-written by Courttia Newland and Steve McQueen.

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Micheal Ward
as Franklyn
Ellis George
as Cynthia
Frankie Fox
as Eddie Marks
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Critic Reviews for Small Axe: Lovers Rock

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (40)

It runs just over an hour, but you'll surrender to this intoxicating, nostalgic film.

November 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Given McQueen's tendency to focus on human suffering, it's wonderful to see him cut loose here: Lovers Rock is easily the most exhilarating film he's ever made.

November 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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We don't need clunky exposition to introduce us to a dozen or so principal characters when Gary Davy has cast such singularly memorable faces, and Lisa Duncan has designed such distinctive costumes.

September 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite its brief 68-minute runtime, Lovers Rock is loaded with tactile, sensuous storytelling.

September 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Regardless of the big picture, however, "Lovers Rock" is a fast, loose statement of its own - a galvanizing salute to finding freedom from the system by living in the moment.

September 18, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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It's a powerful moment of group fusion, of a statement of momentary togetherness - all of them bound into one, if only for a night, as a defense against a white world that doesn't really want them around.

November 17, 2021 | Full Review…

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