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'Malcolm & Marie' first reactions: "Zendaya could steal the Best Actress Oscar"

Zendaya and John David Washington's new Netflix film 'Malcolm and Marie' lands next month, and the first reactions are in.

The first reactions to Zendaya and John David Washington’s new Netflix film Malcolm & Marie are in.

The black-and-white film, written and directed by Euphoria showrunner Sam Levinson, will be released worldwide on the streaming platform on February 5.

Ahead of the release, a special screening was held on Friday (January 8), with critics now sharing their first impressions of the film.

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“Zendaya runs away with Sam Levinson’s black-and-white Cassavetes-inspired two hander Malcolm & Marie,” IndieWire’s Anne Thompson wrote on Twitter. “She could steal the Best Actress Oscar from another Netflix contender, Viola Davis, for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It’s a two way race now. Wow.”

Zendaya runs away with Sam Levinson’s black-and-white Cassavetes-inspired two hander Malcolm & Marie. She could steal the Best Actress Oscar from another @netflix contender, Viola Davis, for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It’s a two way race now. Wow.

— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) January 9, 2021

John David Washington and Zendaya are fire in MALCOLM & MARIE,” Clayton Davis added. “The two bring devotion and energy to their roles, both of which can find room in the #Oscars race.”

John David Washington and Zendaya are fire in MALCOLM & MARIE. The two bring devotion and energy to their roles, both of which can find room in the #Oscars race.

Beautiful camera work.

Dialogue leaves much to be desired but many will dig it.#MalcolmAndMarie pic.twitter.com/EvcfGUaFtY

— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) January 9, 2021

See more first reactions to Malcolm & Marie below.

Zendaya & John David Washington deliver powerhouse performances in #MalcolmAndMarie, a monologue-heavy romantic drama that’s ultimately about being a better partner & wow do they put it all out on the table. It’s angry, soulful & sweet & the music cues are the absolute best pic.twitter.com/e9tqBJARZJ

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) January 9, 2021

#MalcolmAndMarie is the award-worthy game changer we’ve been waiting for. Sam Levinson’s brilliantly topical screenplay and atmospheric direction signal the arrival of a new master. JDW is superb, but Zendaya delivers THE performance of the year that deserves to sweep all awards! pic.twitter.com/OYs2w2a3Ii

— Diego Andaluz

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