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Heavenly Creatures Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It remains, two decades on, a vertiginous, surreal psycho-portrait of adolescent girlhood's dramas and despairs--Little Town on the Prairie gone Badlands.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

July 2, 2014
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Gruesome yet imaginative teen psychosexual drama.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2012

Film4

The first Peter Jackson film to show his interests go beyond simply splatter and gore. Magical.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 1, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Lynskey and Winslet are extraordinary actresses.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

March 11, 2008
David Rooney
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 11, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Unlike the campy excess of Jackson's earlier Dead Alive, deliberate overkill ltimately points toward a dearth of ideas rather than a surfeit.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 11, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This incredible film may be director Peter Jackson's masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 7, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

December 4, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Fantasy and reality blur in a chilling film that shows Jackson's limitless potential

| Original Score: 4/5

September 6, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Acted with conviction, and directed and written with febrile vibrancy.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

The movie that first got Jackson & Winslet noticed

| Original Score: 4/5

March 29, 2006
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Peter Jackson creates a rich, haunting atmosphere, deftly juggling the eerily giddy fantasy world of the girls and their harsh, violent reality.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 11, 2004

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A disturbing, boldly conceived story.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2003
Monica Hayde
Palo Alto Weekly

An odd, but mostly effective mix of melodrama, fantasy and voice-over.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Stylish and eerily compelling before it overplays its campy excesses, Heavenly Creatures does have a feverish intensity to recommend it.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Beautifully, horribly passionate.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 27, 2003
Michael Dequina
Film Threat

One of the most genuinely disturbing films I have ever seen.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Despite the undeniable merits of Jackson's other works, Heavenly Creatures strikes me as the best film he has made.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

November 6, 2002
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Powerful

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2002
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