If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk


    After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.

    Your Movie Library


    • KiKi LayneTish Rivers
    • Stephan JamesAlonzo "Fonny" Hunt
    • Regina KingSharon Rivers
    • Teyonah ParrisErnestine Rivers
    • Colman DomingoJoseph Rivers
    • Ethan BarrettYoung Fonny
    • Milanni MinesYoung Tish
    • Ebony ObsidianAdrienne Hunt
    • Dominique ThorneSheila Hunt
    • Michael BeachFrank Hunt


    • 100

      The Playlist

      Jenkins captures the humor, verve, and considerable complexity of the prose.
    • 100

      Los Angeles Times

      In cutting against the aesthetic grain, Jenkins gently and wisely corrects our vision. The passionate glow of this filmmaker’s embrace belongs, quite rightly, to his characters. He is generous enough to also extend that embrace to us.
    • 100

      Vanity Fair

      What Jenkins gets most right—what astonishes me the most about this film—is Baldwin’s vast affection for the broad varieties of black life. It’s one of the signature lessons of Baldwin’s work that blackness contains multitudes.
    • 91


      If Beale Street Could Talk stalls about halfway through with less involving developments and stilted roles for supporting characters...but it always regains its footing with another entrancing observation.
    • 83

      Entertainment Weekly

      In some ways Beale feels less like a movie than a well-staged, meticulously shot play; a period piece that floats beyond its specific time and place and into the realm of allegory.
    • 80

      The Guardian

      It’s a film with love at its root, both familial and romantic, and Jenkins fills so much of it with a radiating warmth.
    • 80

      Screen Daily

      If Beale Street isn’t quite as seamless as the Oscar-winning Moonlight, this adaptation of the James Baldwin novel still proves to be a stirring, absorbing experience that articulates something ineffable about everyday life.
    • 80

      The Hollywood Reporter

      If the movie’s slow burn seems to build toward a powerful release that doesn’t materialize, the sheer beauty of its craft and the heartfelt feeling behind every scene nonetheless command attention.

    Seen by

    • Danka S. Kojić