The Beguiled

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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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Cpl. John McBurney is an injured Union soldier who finds himself on the run as a deserter during the Civil War. He seeks refuge at an all-female Southern boarding school where the teachers and students seem more than willing to help. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounded leg while offering him comfort and companionship.

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Colin Farrell
John McBurney
Nicole Kidman
Martha Farnsworth
Kirsten Dunst
Edwina Dabney
Wayne Pere
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Sofia Coppola
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Robert Ortiz
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Fred Roos
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Anne Ross
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Philippe Le Sourd
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Sarah Flack
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Critic Reviews for The Beguiled

All Critics (322) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (254) | Rotten (68)

  • Coppola has inverted the old order of sexploitation and Farrell has been reduced to a sex object. He just looks like a very happy one.

    October 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Frankly, my dears, you will give a damn.

    July 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.

    July 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It's stylish, lord knows: Old Colonial sets, a ton of backlighting and mock-liturgical music doing the full Monteverdi. The cast is classy. The script has moments.

    July 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is Southern Gothic at its most lush and delirious. It is also very comic in its own macabre way. Coppola conjures up a wonderfully fervid atmosphere.

    July 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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