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August 12, 2015
Slick, tense, and utterly spellbinding; 'Heavenly Creatures' is a fantastic display of Peter Jackson's talent and versatility, as well as the acting talents of Kate Winslet and the criminally underrated Melanie Lynskey.
August 6, 2015
Beautiful film, intense story, quite brutal being a reall story, but the times were indeed very harsh on those matters
July 21, 2015
Wicked imagination and strong leading performances makes this film stand out from the usual 'based on a true story' crowd.
½ July 1, 2015
I know the appeal to earlier Peter Jackson films is the insanity with the style. But of the pre-LotR films it's my biggest problem, I'd probably like this a lot more if it hadn't been for the style it's filmed in, it's hard to describe it if you haven't seen the films but boy did I want to give the filmmakers something to mellow them the f*@# out.
June 30, 2015
The movie is just as bizarre as the minds of these two killers
May 27, 2015
Peter Jackson's film is innovative, creative and lost in a haze of hysterical dreams that very quickly turns into a shocking example of human brutality. Based on true events. Both Winslet and Lynskey are as magical in this film as their character's created world.
½ May 14, 2015
The only good thing about this movie was Kate Winslet, but I had to gave it a 2 star because this movie was boring from beginning to the end, Don't understand all the 5 stars. I tolerated this movie to see the murder boring. So for this just not being there for me, even tho it was directed by Peter Jackson, I was hoping something better but got nothing good about it. I give "Heavenly Creatures" a C-.
May 13, 2015
A movie that balances a fine line of empathy for its characters while also highlighting their disturbances. This works in the context that it's actually based on a true story and thus makes you think rather than having that as a tagline to make you buy a ticket. Dark, mesmerizing and introspective, even for the filming standards of 1994.
May 9, 2015
Great, understated, enthralling drama, based on a true story.

A few years before Peter Jackson sold out and started making 9-hour 3-part fantasy movies for kids and nerds, he made this great drama, which is still, to date, his best film.

Set in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1953-54, the movie tells the story of two friends, schoolgirls with incredible imaginations. This, and their friendship, shapes their lives, and the lives of those around them, though, ultimately, not in a pleasant way.

Great build-up by Jackson. You see the relationship between the girls develop, and how their imaginations grow more and more active, blurring the lines between reality and fiction.

Quite funny at times too.

Superb performances by Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey in the lead roles. Winslet was only 18 at the time and this was her first cinematic role. She is fantastic - her exuberance and funny-yet-nonchalant antics are a sight to behold.

Good supporting cast too.
April 20, 2015
Juicy psychologically drama, wildly imaginative, stunning cinematography - this movie is a weird gem.
All that and still very relatable, bc two outsiders become kindred spirits and create a fantasy world that overtakes them, to a deadly end.
Staggering that it's a true story.
You will be So glad u went along for this ride.

5 out of 5
April 8, 2015
Peter Jackson at his finest
March 26, 2015
A spectacular achievement. After a string of gleefully gory and gross movies, Jackson takes a disturbing true crime story and turns it into a compelling drama with incredible lead performances from first time movie actresses and vivid imagery. It turned Jackson and wife Fran Walsh into Oscar nominees and opened the doors to Hollywood
½ March 12, 2015
This is the first film I've seen from Peter Jackson's pre-Lord of the Rings career, and it demonstrates what a talented filmmaker he was even before he was given huge budgets and incredibly rich source material. It also has the first film appearances from Melanie Lynskey, who is now a star of the excellent HBO comedy-drama Togetherness, and Kate Winslet, who is now Kate Winslet.

The story follows two teenage girls in 1950s New Zealand, whose friendship becomes so overwhelmingly intense as to threaten their connection to their families and, indeed, to reality itself. I don't want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say that things get darker and darker as their relationship progresses.

It might seem surprising at first that a filmmaker now known primarily for enormous-scale fantasy epics would be interested in a story about adolescent friendship and madness, but when you watch it, you can see some resemblances to his later work. For one thing, this movie has an extremely intense visual style - Jackson is almost constantly swooping the camera in and out, left and right, and generally engineering shots for maximum visceral impact. Compared to this film, the camerawork in Lord of the Rings is actually often tame by comparison. Some of the fantasy sequences, which take place entirely in the girls' imaginations, resemble scenes from Lord of the Rings. There are even a few shots of Lynskey glaring at her mother that make her look uncannily like Gollum. Above all, the film shows that Jackson was always a filmmaker with a world-building bent, whether the world is Middle-Earth or two girls' imagined refuge from reality.

The performances by both Winslet and Lynskey are great, especially considering how young they both were when they made the film. Lynskey progresses so gradually from awkward and sympathetic to hostile and creepy that it's hard to say just where the transition lies. Winslet nicely conveys both charm and a disturbing degree of insularity and self-regard. Overall, this is a very fine film, marred only slightly perhaps by its rather abrupt ending.
½ February 15, 2015
The look into the imaginations of these two girls is as real as the horrific act they committed. The fact that Juliet went on to become a well-known novelist after her release from prison adds a fascinating end to this story. The girl's stories WERE good enough to be published after all. Unfortunately, they have to carry this burden with them for the rest of their lives (they're both still alive at the time of this writing.) What a story. And what a fantastic movie.
½ February 7, 2015
Peter Jackson's deliriously bizarre and profoundly disturbing Heavenly Creatures is a brilliantly directed and written examination of deteriorating mental states
January 30, 2015
Genuinely disturbing with some fine performances. Full review later.
January 5, 2015
Very powerful and so masterfully directed.
December 23, 2014
It is not easy to successfully make a fantasy-biopic, but Jackson nails it with his visceral eye and personal tone. The true story of two young best friends whose relationship grows dark is a truly breathtaking breath of fresh air. The performances and script are funny, somber and disturbing, all the while managing to stay warm. Bold and brave, complex and horrifying, difficult and rewarding, Heavenly Creatures is cooler and angstier than a costume drama usually is.
December 21, 2014
Peter Jackson almost surprisingly moved from B-Horror films right into serious drama with this film about two young girls who form a tight bond, create a number of fantasies for themselves, and eventually commit a heinous crime. The cast is strong, especially a young Kate Winslet, in her first starring role. Probably more than anything gave Peter Jackson the credibility to move onto more serious projects, so he could eventually take the reigns of the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy.
December 16, 2014
A beautiful film. Great performances
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