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Heavenly Creatures Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 28, 2015
...a profoundly misguided endeavor that squanders a seemingly foolproof premise...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
August 1, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
May 31, 2012
Gruesome yet imaginative teen psychosexual drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 22, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
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
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
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is a film with more visual creativity than many fantasy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Rob Gonsalves
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
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.
Joshua Tyler
August 12, 2002
The single best film in Jackson's filmography, and a compliment to New Zealand cinema.
Top Critic
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
San Francisco Examiner
January 27, 2003
Beautifully, horribly passionate.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Christopher Null
September 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Acted with conviction, and directed and written with febrile vibrancy.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The acting by Winslet and Lynskey is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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