The Beguiled

Critics Consensus

The Beguiled adds just enough extra depth to its source material to set itself apart, and director Sofia Coppola's restrained touch is enlivened by strong performances from the cast.

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"The Beguiled" is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls' boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

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Critic Reviews for The Beguiled

All Critics (308) | Top Critics (52)

  • Frankly, my dears, you will give a damn.

    Jul 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A slightly sleazy Clint Eastwood vehicle from 1971, also called The Beguiled, gets an arthouse remake from Sofia Coppola for no discernible reason.

    Jul 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a strange, twisted tale about the perversion of sexual longing, embellished with psychological power shifts and swiftly changing alliances edged with black humour.

    Jul 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    Jul 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The Beguiled is Coppola's bloodiest, most visceral movie to date, and it is also one of her best.

    Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Beguiled

  • Mar 28, 2018
    From writer/director Sofia Coppola comes The Beguiled, a Civil War period drama. The story follows a wounded Union soldier who is taken in and nursed by a group of young girls and their instructors at a Southern boarding school. Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, the cast is quite impressive and delivers strong performances. Additionally, Coppola does some interesting things in telling the story from a female perspective; showing how a man's presence affects them and shifts the power dynamic. And the costumes and set designs are especially well-done, giving an authentic feel for the time-period. Yet ultimately The Beguiled meanders a bit too much and lacks a clear focus.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2018
    Slow start, but does pick up by the end. Quite a dark little story. Really not a fan of Colin Farrell, though, especially combined with Nicole Kidman here - both kind of washy. It was worth watching, though I think once is enough.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2018
    A well acted Civil War drama, but one that perhaps would have played better on the stage of a theatre than the screen of a cinema.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2017
    If you're willing to forgive the anachronisms and whitewashing (both of which are fair criticisms) I think its ultimately a worthwhile remake. Coppola completely guts the story of melodrama and subplots. The result is a sort of bleak thriller about interpersonal conflict, where the way the women undermine one another is just as dangerous as the man who suddenly upends their daily lives.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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