Luce

New York Times Critics' Pick
109 mins.
Directed by Julius Onah
R
2019

An all-star high school athlete and accomplished debater, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a poster boy for the new American Dream. As are his parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth), who adopted him from a war-torn country a decade earlier.

When Luce’s teacher (Octavia Spencer) makes a shocking discovery in his locker, Luce’s stellar reputation is called into question. But is he really at fault, or is Ms. Wilson preying on dangerous stereotypes?

Stacked with amazing performances and adapted from JC Lee’s acclaimed play, director Julius Onah has created an intense, multi-layered and deeply entertaining look at identity in today’s America.


"To say that it unfolds like a play is both accurate and undersells how gorgeously it has been rendered for the screen." Ben Kenigsberg. A New York Times Critic's Pick!