Heavenly Creatures Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 2, 2014
It remains, two decades on, a vertiginous, surreal psycho-portrait of adolescent girlhood's dramas and despairs--Little Town on the Prairie gone Badlands.
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
May 31, 2012
Gruesome yet imaginative teen psychosexual drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 1, 2012
The first Peter Jackson film to show his interests go beyond simply splatter and gore. Magical.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Lynskey and Winslet are extraordinary actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 11, 2008
The inner tension of the film emerges from Jackson's enjoyment of the girls' bustling insanity and then his gradual withdrawal from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Rooney
Variety
February 11, 2008
Combines original vision, a drop-dead command of the medium and a successful marriage between a dazzling, kinetic techno-show and a complex, credible portrait of the out-of-control relationship between the crime's two schoolgirl perpetrators.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2008
Unlike the campy excess of Jackson's earlier Dead Alive, deliberate overkill ltimately points toward a dearth of ideas rather than a surfeit.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 7, 2007
This incredible film may be director Peter Jackson's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 4, 2006
A dark, astounding film from Peter Jackson, showing his mastery of blending fact and fantasy. A deserved winner of Venice Festival's Silver Lion and Toronto Fest's Critics Award. Along with Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, this is 1994's most audacious film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 6, 2006
Fantasy and reality blur in a chilling film that shows Jackson's limitless potential
| Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Acted with conviction, and directed and written with febrile vibrancy.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 29, 2006
The movie that first got Jackson & Winslet noticed
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 11, 2004
Peter Jackson creates a rich, haunting atmosphere, deftly juggling the eerily giddy fantasy world of the girls and their harsh, violent reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
A disturbing, boldly conceived story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Monica Hayde
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
An odd, but mostly effective mix of melodrama, fantasy and voice-over.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Stylish and eerily compelling before it overplays its campy excesses, Heavenly Creatures does have a feverish intensity to recommend it.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 27, 2003
Beautifully, horribly passionate.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
One of the most genuinely disturbing films I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 6, 2002
Despite the undeniable merits of Jackson's other works, Heavenly Creatures strikes me as the best film he has made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 27, 2002
Powerful
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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