Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 16, 1994
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dark, stylish, and captivating, Heavenly Creatures signals both the auspicious debut of Kate Winslet and the arrival of Peter Jackson as more than just a cult director.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Lynskey and Winslet are extraordinary actresses.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Acted with conviction, and directed and written with febrile vibrancy.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a profoundly misguided endeavor that squanders a seemingly foolproof premise...

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David Rooney

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Stylish and eerily compelling before it overplays its campy excesses, Heavenly Creatures does have a feverish intensity to recommend it.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It remains, two decades on, a vertiginous, surreal psycho-portrait of adolescent girlhood's dramas and despairs--Little Town on the Prairie gone Badlands.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Unlike the campy excess of Jackson's earlier Dead Alive, deliberate overkill ltimately points toward a dearth of ideas rather than a surfeit.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

1994 spellbinder.

Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Gruesome yet imaginative teen psychosexual drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This disturbing take on a set of real events comes to life from director Peter Jackson, at the time the master of horror-comedy. Set and filmed in New Zealand… More
Eric Shankle
Peter Jackson strays from his typical slapstick/horror genre and attempts something more dramatic. It's a good effort, but the entire film is too weird for… More
paul sandberg
From the first scenes, showing 2 young teen girls running through a forest as the camera alternates between a 3rd person view of the girls to following them… More
Dean King
Hmmm well it seems I'm in the minority but to call this a masterpiece is way of the mark for me. I'm not a fan of most drama's. When they are… More
Chris Weber
After making a few crazy and awesome splatstick horror comedies, Peter Jackson went into dramatic territory with this movie based on the true story of one of… More
KJ Proulx
In one of the strangest movies I have ever seen, Paulina (Melanie Lynskey) and Juliet (Kate Winslet) meet each other against all odds, and realize they have the… More