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  • Summary: Georgia Wells (Kate Beckinsale) was told her husband had died in a plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but three years later when she sees news footage of her "dead" husband, she begins to question his disappearance and her past in this thriller co-produced by Amazon and ITV.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Feb 22, 2019
    75
    Beckinsale brings a stylish ferocity to the role of Georgia. ... The Widow, skillfully written by Harry and Jack Williams, doles out its clues on a need-to-know basis.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Feb 25, 2019
    75
    A slow-boil eight-episode thriller. [1 Mar 2019, p.47]
  3. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Mar 1, 2019
    75
    Affecting performances keep the series from going off the rails. Beckinsale again proves a compelling leading lady, capable of measured emotion without becoming overly maudlin even while wielding a machine gun and evading bad guys. Charles Dance and Alex Kingston imbue their characters with irascible humanity, and newcomer Shalom Nyandiko gives a beautiful and natural performance as young Adidja, a young Congolese girl forced to join a militia.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Feb 28, 2019
    70
    Even the most underdeveloped characters fare reasonably well, because the cast is uniformly good, and Beckinsale is the kind of actor who can make listening or standing in silence a vital, compelling act. She’s subtle enough to make the clichés more palatable, dynamic enough to add emotional vitality to even the most flat piece of exposition, and thoughtful enough to bring it all back to this idea of grief—in nearly every scene, she gives the impression of a person who’s long been holding her breath. Whenever she even slightly releases it, this ostensible thriller becomes actually thrilling.
  5. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Feb 26, 2019
    67
    The Widow is a series that requires patience to appreciate. After the first two episodes, there wasn’t much to get excited about. But once the dots started connecting in episode three, I was intrigued.
  6. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 28, 2019
    60
    [Georgia's] quest is often compelling, but I found myself much more captivated by the traumatic journey of Adidja, kidnapped from a village and recruited as a child soldier, exposed to violence too early. [4-17 Mar 2019, p.10]
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 27, 2019
    40
    A weak-tea and eye-rolling bit of mystery and loss.

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  1. Mar 19, 2019
    2
    So much squandered potential. Kate Beckinsale. Every guys' celebrity crush and the only reason this rates 2-stars, and she's not even thatSo much squandered potential. Kate Beckinsale. Every guys' celebrity crush and the only reason this rates 2-stars, and she's not even that good in this. The pacing is so slow in this weak mystery that you will age out before it's over. I turned grey just getting through the first ep! This series plays like those B-series/movies from the early 90s. It's just so lackluster in every aspect. Nothing, nothing has redeeming value here. The overall setting is the Democratic Republic of the Congo as you're constantly reminded and can you think of a worse setting in Africa?! Do you want to sit through 8 1-hr episodes staring at the filth and poverty of this landscape?! And Kate's character and the guy she runs around with must have all the time and money in the world to pursue the mystery and there's absolutely no conflict evident, no deadlines, no dwindling resources, no random violence against them, no setbacks. This is all evidence of someone who failed Plots 103 in film school. Just a fail of a series all around. Expand