The Beguiled

2017, History/Drama, 1h 34m

330 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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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  • Dec 19, 2020
    It's not often you can say that remake actually surpasses the original but that's exactly the case with Sofia Coppola's adaptation of The Beguiled (originally done by Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood in 1971). Coppola has a strong handling of the material and a masterful balance of tone and pace. Every scene is filled with such tension and intrigue that's it difficult to look away. Brilliantly structured and performed and one of Sofia's finest endeavours.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

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