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Heavenly Creatures Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 27, 2002
Powerful
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 6, 2002
A beautiful, haunting masterpiece from Peter Jackson, and proof that The Lord of the Rings isn't the only rabbit in his hat.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Reveals how pernicious fantasy can become when it is based on a deep-seated hatred of the world.
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2002
The single best film in Jackson's filmography, and a compliment to New Zealand cinema.
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
June 6, 2001
Taut, clever, and fronted with two excellent performances, this is a clever choice for Jackson's first step into mainstream filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
1994 spellbinder.
Neil Smith
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
17-year-old Kate Winslet made her film debut in this compelling blend of true crime and dark fantasy...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Revealed in unforgettable fashion by a capable director, the events that unfold in this film are not easily forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What makes Jackson's film enthralling and frightening is the way it shows these two unhappy girls, creating an alternative world so safe and attractive they thought it was worth killing for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Powerful, evocative movie.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Jackson (who wrote the script with Frances Walsh) evokes the girlsā(TM) fantasy world with scenes featuring plasticene figures, creating an eerie, metaphysical dimension to the movie.
Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
...A work of remarkable clarity and vision, as well as one of the most original pictures of this or any other year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
...the writer and director, Peter Jackson, could not decide what kind of movie he wanted to make...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
A movie that begins with high tension gradually fizzles out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
The film's structure demands rational and beautiful segues from the real world into fantasia, a ballet of sensibilities that Jackson pulls off without a misstep.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Keith H. Brown
Edinburgh U Film Society
January 1, 2000
The two leads play their parts brilliantly, convincing in both their innocence and their malevolence.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
An unforgettable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The acting by Winslet and Lynskey is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This is a film with more visual creativity than many fantasy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Heavenly Creatures is dazzling; a perversely original psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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