Heavenly Creatures
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After winning a cult following for several offbeat and darkly witty gore films, New Zealand director Peter Jackson abruptly shifted gears with this stylish, compelling, and ultimately disturbing tale of two teenage girls whose friendship begins to fuel an ultimately fatal obsession. Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) is a student in New Zealand who doesn't much care for her family or her classmates; she's a bit overweight and not especially gracious, but she quickly makes friends with Juliet (Kate Winslet), a pretty girl whose wealthy parents have relocated from England. Pauline and Juliet find… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lynskey and Winslet are extraordinary actresses."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Acted with conviction, and directed and written with febrile vibrancy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It remains, two decades on, a vertiginous, surreal psycho-portrait of adolescent girlhood's dramas and despairs--Little Town on the Prairie gone Badlands."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The inner tension of the film emerges from Jackson's enjoyment of the girls' bustling insanity and then his gradual withdrawal from it."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Fantasy and reality blur in a chilling film that shows Jackson's limitless potential"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Combines original vision, a drop-dead command of the medium and a successful marriage between a dazzling, kinetic techno-show and a complex, credible portrait of the out-of-control relationship between the crime's two schoolgirl perpetrators."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"Stylish and eerily compelling before it overplays its campy excesses, Heavenly Creatures does have a feverish intensity to recommend it."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Gruesome yet imaginative teen psychosexual drama."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"This incredible film may be director Peter Jackson's masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The movie that first got Jackson & Winslet noticed"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Unlike the campy excess of Jackson's earlier Dead Alive, deliberate overkill ltimately points toward a dearth of ideas rather than a surfeit."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"1994 spellbinder."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The first Peter Jackson film to show his interests go beyond simply splatter and gore. Magical."
‑ , Film4
"A dark, astounding film from Peter Jackson, showing his mastery of blending fact and fantasy. A deserved winner of Venice Festival's Silver Lion and Toronto Fest's Critics Award. Along with Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, this is 1994's most audacious film."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Peter Jackson creates a rich, haunting atmosphere, deftly juggling the eerily giddy fantasy world of the girls and their harsh, violent reality."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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