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Like a pageant winner walking across the stage, Miss Juneteenth follows a familiar path -- but does so with charm and grace. Read critic reviews

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A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the "Miss Juneteenth" pageant.

Cast & Crew

Lori Hayes
Charlotte
Liz Mikel
Betty Ray
David Lowery
Executive Producer
Nate Kamiya
Executive Producer
Daniel Patterson
Cinematographer
Courtney Ware
Film Editor
Emily Rice
Original Music
Olivia Peebles
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Kaili Corcoran
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Dani Broom-Peltz
Set Decoration
Rachel Dainer-Best
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Chelsea Ellis Bloch
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Matthew West Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Miss Juneteenth

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (135) | Rotten (1)

  • 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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  • Dec 24, 2020
    Socially insightful and still a light-on-its-feet drama, ‘Miss Juneteenth' delivers more layered conflicts than another recent (and still likable) film about a pageant mom at odds with her daughter, ‘Dumplin'. Nicole Beharie stars as Turquoise, a young, steadfast single mother trying to empower her teenage daughter while navigating her own derailed destiny. It's not particularly creatively shot, but it is engaging from start to finish, and debut writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples gently weaves sobering racial history into the small-town Texas setting and Turquoise's own journey. Beharie refreshingly avoids flashiness and melodramatic peaks and her performance is all the more resonant for it. You will not only feel, but truly understand her pride, her regret, her resolve, her hope, her diplomacy, all the plates she is constantly re-stacking as she tries to position her daughter for success in life. Peoples has crafted a prudent film if not a tremendous one.
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