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The Beguiled Reviews

July 7, 2017
The general view seems to be that civilization might survive and even flourish if men weren't around to wreck it with their making of love and war, but where's the fun in that?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 6, 2017
The Beguiled is better directed than it is written... In its study of interpersonal rivalry and sexual tension, the film doesn't say anything that wasn't better articulated in Don Siegel's 1971 adaptation.
June 30, 2017
The Beguiled is Coppola's bloodiest, most visceral movie to date, and it is also one of her best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 30, 2017
Fanning, Dunst and the on-a-roll Kidman all seem ready to dive in, but "The Beguiled" stops them short. There's plenty of cunning boiling beneath the surface, but Coppola keeps a tight lid on it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 29, 2017
The actors pitch their roles perfectly: Kidman's breathy calm; Farrell's charm, just hinting at something dark within it; Fanning's way of prettily arranging herself, showing off Alice's newfound power; Dunst's quiet melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2017
The story is briskly told - it's 11 minutes shorter than Siegel's version - with good performances that alternately amuse, seduce and shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 29, 2017
The Beguiled works at a slow simmer and within the hothouse atmosphere painstakingly created by the filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 29, 2017
Another big-screen adaptation of this story probably wasn't necessary. But as unnecessary films go, it's well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2017
Of course, something's gotta give, and when it does, The Beguiled reminds us we haven't been watching a fairy tale all this time -- we've been watching a very fractured fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2017
This new adaptation by Sofia Coppola unfolds from a more feminine sensibility, and like her first and best feature, The Virgin Suicides, it sets out to expose the inner dynamics and frustrated sexuality of a small, mysterious cloister of women.
June 29, 2017
Modest in scale yet rousing in Southern Gothic psychodrama, Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled" creates levels of excitement that bigger, longer, louder blockbusters can't match.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2017
A near-miss that offers a captivating atmosphere and strong performances to go along with an uneven tone and a climax that's so overcooked that it bursts at the seams with unintentional humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 29, 2017
On its own terms, "The Beguiled" is a finely crafted, gemlike exercise in surface tension and subterranean stirrings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2017
"The Beguiled" probably could've benefited from a little more energy in its telling. Still, Coppola offers some gorgeous images of the past made present.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2017
It's almost a dream world here, but nightmares are never far away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 29, 2017
"The Beguiled" is a solid and at times eerily subversive piece of work, but it shows that there may be limits to Sofia Coppola's ambition and her nerve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2017
"The Beguiled," in its quasi-mathematical abstraction, amounts to little more than the baseline proof of [Coppola's] method-a reductio ad absurdum.
June 24, 2017
Each frame of The Beguiled is a wonder to look at, from the candle-lit dinner-time conferences to the angelic portraits of John, who's frequently bathed in heavenly light.
June 23, 2017
Writer-director Sofia Coppola has produced a small-scale movie that exalts old-fashioned movie-making qualities, yielding a refreshingly understated alternative to a sea of summer blockbusters.
June 23, 2017
Nearly every shot here is a visual symphony, all milky sunbeams shot through Spanish moss and white muslin flickering in candlelight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 23, 2017
A few of the performances, especially Nicole Kidman's, as the lady in charge, and Kirsten Dunst's, as the teacher pining to flee with the corporal, have some bite, but not enough to make much of an imprint in this brittle, vaporous chamber piece.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 23, 2017
The kind of movie that lingers on in your head, just like the best fairy tales do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2017
The Beguiled isn't Coppola's strongest film, but it's her smartest and most skillful in portraying how the dynamics of a group of women can warp and weft under outside pressure, turning from community to competition.
Top Critic
June 22, 2017
Coppola's The Beguiled doesn't so much negate the festering male paranoia as reclaim the point of view for the women it targets. Then she bats the premise around like a graceful cat with an addled mouse in its paws.
June 22, 2017
"The Beguiled" has some of the spooky, suggestive magic of a fairy tale.
June 22, 2017
The strength of her film transcends the soldier's power to seduce. We're beguiled, as an audience, by seeing this male animal as he is seen, and for better and worse experienced, by a diverse and dynamic group of females.
June 22, 2017
Coppola gets at thorny and complex ideas about how expectations of female gentility poison female sexuality and cause these women to experience desire as sickness.
June 22, 2017
Moody and compelling, with fine performances all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2017
"Beguiled" is less a hothouse flower than a bonsai garden, a work of cool, exquisite artifice that evokes wildness on a small, controlled scale.
June 21, 2017
Sofia Coppola is a virtuoso of image and sound. but don't mistake her delicate touch for weakness. The Beguiled is a hothouse flower of startling power and intimacy. You can't shake it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 21, 2017
Nicole Kidman is particularly, unsurprisingly excellent in her performance as the steely Miss Martha. She is controlled and in control, unflappable.
June 21, 2017
The Beguiled '71 gluts; Coppola's film tamps down and reduces.
June 21, 2017
Kirsten Dunst is terrific as a slightly sad teacher with her own designs on the Yank. And Elle Fanning is a landmine in lace as the school flirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2017
There's something underfurnished about this movie, a lack of historical, intellectual, and thematic richness.
June 20, 2017
The performances are engrossing, particularly Kidman's: She disappears into the distant primness of Ms. Farnsworth. The costumes are exquisite and the Southern setting atmospheric and beautiful.
June 20, 2017
Its power is in its undercurrents, in the sense that what we're seeing isn't inevitable but a sort of worst-case scenario of genders in opposition.
June 20, 2017
The Beguiled showcases good manners and bad deeds, though it lacks the necessary edge to make it a satisfying revenge thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 19, 2017
"The Beguiled" runs for ninety-four minutes, and even those feel like a stretch.
May 26, 2017
Kidman knows how to find all the sweaty splendor in overheated material, but she has quiet fun with this one.
May 25, 2017
The character dynamics transfix ... but I was most taken with the way Coppola uses style to create meaning.
May 25, 2017
Although the picture is noticeably lacking in taut suspense of the conventional variety, it flies in close to a subtler, hotter flame: The sensuality of deceit.
Top Critic
May 25, 2017
Coppola immerses us in a world of verdant outdoor beauty, hushed indoor quiet, and dutiful routine. It's a nice place to visit, but we can see in the yearning glances of the women that living there would be another matter entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 24, 2017
Coppola's film is told with surgical precision and savage grace.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 24, 2017
I spent a chunk of the film wondering what here excited Coppola - what was it about the novel that she couldn't wait to bring to the screen?
May 24, 2017
Other than to place slightly more emphasis on the female empowerment angle ... it's hard to detect a strong raison d'etre behind Sofia Coppola's slow-to-develop melodrama.
May 24, 2017
I count myself as a Coppola believer, but this may be the first film she has made in which her essential personality as a director gets buried under the movie she's making.
May 24, 2017
An exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5