Thoroughbreds Reviews

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October 21, 2019
Teenage angst from a different perspective that falls into the hands of a director that doesn't channel closure soon and dwells in an overlong conversation. [Full review in Spanish].
May 22, 2019
I couldn't get behind any of the decisions that the unlikeable, emotionless, and conflicted characters choose to take.
January 26, 2019
It's a film filled with good ideas, and with just a little more judicious work, could have had something special and memorable.
October 12, 2018
This tale of bourgeois malaise and unhinged femininity is cut from too familiar a cloth for it to dazzle as a debut.
July 27, 2018
Thoroughbreds criticizes a society these idle teens manipulate out of boredom and alienation, while their youth, talent, and beauty make the system that benefits them seem natural.
June 8, 2018
A Heavenly Creatures riff, though with much less imagination and far thinner psychology...
April 9, 2018
Where's this unlikely hybrid of Heathers and Equus all heading? Somewhere improbable, melodramatic and not worth the effort, sadly.
March 16, 2018
A rather unremarkable debut...
March 15, 2018
First-time writer-director Cory Finley has produced the kind of picture that film festival audiences and high-tone critics love to gush over, but which is in fact an artsy-fartsy crock.
March 15, 2018
Finley might have flipped the typical narrative arc of violence against women, but he fails to make the effects of that choice resonate.
March 9, 2018
Features an intriguing premise and a pair of strong lead performance from up-and-coming actresses, but fails to capitalize on that premise.
March 9, 2018
"Thoroughbreds" is technically well made, with a camera occasionally moving almost imperceptibly in on characters and tableaus or striking an effective low angle perspective. However, style is not substance, and it suffers from its origins as a play.
March 9, 2018
It's mostly a joke that runs its course pretty quickly.
March 8, 2018
An entirely artificial construct designed to please through a satisfying puzzle-like maze of words and incident... its synthetic character and mannered style are more likely to frustrate than captivate.
March 8, 2018
For all the chatter and intrigue, Mr. Finley never settles on a point or theme.
March 7, 2018
The problem with Thoroughbreds is that a feature-length dialogue between two sociopaths does not make for very compelling drama, or comedy, for that matter.
March 6, 2018
It starts out strong but ends up basic, lacking the complexity of "Heavenly Creatures" or even "Wild Things."
March 5, 2018
Cory Finley's screenplay is full of sharp, exactingly timed exchanges whose rat-a-tat rhythms exert a spellbinding pull, even if the dialogue at times comes off as artificial and mannered.
November 16, 2017
The movie constructs an attractive gun, but hesitates on pulling the trigger. As a result, it often lapses into listlessness.
November 15, 2017
This one should be sent to the glue factory.
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