The Beguiled
The Beguiled (2017)

"The Beguiled" is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls' boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 23, 2017
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Brian Lowry
CNN.com

Writer-director Sofia Coppola has produced a small-scale movie that exalts old-fashioned movie-making qualities, yielding a refreshingly understated alternative to a sea of summer blockbusters.

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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com

The kind of movie that lingers on in your head, just like the best fairy tales do.

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Alex Welch
IGN Movies

It may not be Coppola's most thought-provoking or emotional outing to date, but it's a chilling and stunningly well-made one nonetheless.

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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

Nearly every shot here is a visual symphony, all milky sunbeams shot through Spanish moss and white muslin flickering in candlelight.

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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News

The Beguiled isn't Coppola's strongest film, but it's her smartest and most skillful in portraying how the dynamics of a group of women can warp and weft under outside pressure, turning from community to competition.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

[Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning,] The Beguiled has the potential to become a captivating narrative, but the characters are drawn in such a boring and uninspired way that they only become interesting once a man enters their lives.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

A few of the performances, especially Nicole Kidman's, as the lady in charge, and Kirsten Dunst's, as the teacher pining to flee with the corporal, have some bite, but not enough to make much of an imprint in this brittle, vaporous chamber piece.

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Ella Taylor
NPR

Coppola's The Beguiled doesn't so much negate the festering male paranoia as reclaim the point of view for the women it targets. Then she bats the premise around like a graceful cat with an addled mouse in its paws.

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Robert Levin
amNewYork

It's consistently engaging, and it's assembled with an expert hand, even if it's a more serious approach than the story deserves.

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