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A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member Winona Ryder begins to exhibit a conscience; together with her hardcase boyfriend Christian Slater, Ryder plots to avenge all the unfortunate victims of the group. Before long, Heather (Kim Walker) ends up dead along with Kurt and Ram, with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Heathers locates the emotional totalitarianism lurking in a prom queen's heart."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide that showcases a host of promising young talents."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"After Columbine, this dark comedy isn't as funny."
‑ Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
"So grab your croquet mallet, load up on "Ich luge" bullets, and crank up the Big Fun: Heathers is a motion picture that continues to impress and disturb, even 20 years after release."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Lehmann's audacious feature debute transforms teen suicide into a wild and mean satire with a giddy tone. Good year for indies: The movie premiered at Sundance in 1989, along with sex, lies and videotape, thus heralding Gen-X Cinema."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A super-smart black comedy about high school politics and teenage suicide that showcases a host of promising young talents."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Its inanities and glib pretensions are so thick that it mainly comes across as tacky and contrived."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Heathers, with all its flagrant masochism and violence, is a throwback to a more innocent time, where such films could be made and still be deemed over the top fantasy."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"Dark, cynical, but deliciously funny, Heathersis a fascinating look not just at high school but at the way we look at high school."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An amazing black satire filled with vicious biting words that snap like firecrackers."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Two decades later, Heathers is so on the money, with its vague but unmistakable parallels to several school shootings, that it could never be made today."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film uses an intimate knowledge of teen-movie clichés to subvert their debased values from the inside."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"... the film paints high school as a veritable hell where the only way to alleviate suffering is by making others suffer more."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Scathing and hilarious."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
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