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 30, 2017
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2017
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Critic Score: 78% 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.

Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The general view seems to be that civilization might survive and even flourish if men weren't around to wreck it with their making of love and war, but where's the fun in that?

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Fanning, Dunst and the on-a-roll Kidman all seem ready to dive in, but "The Beguiled" stops them short. There's plenty of cunning boiling beneath the surface, but Coppola keeps a tight lid on it.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Throughout, Coppola keeps the film's pressure-cooker tensions on the boil, introducing elements of suspense, sensuality and sometimes near-camp humour.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The Beguiled is better directed than it is written... In its study of interpersonal rivalry and sexual tension, the film doesn't say anything that wasn't better articulated in Don Siegel's 1971 adaptation.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The actors pitch their roles perfectly: Kidman's breathy calm; Farrell's charm, just hinting at something dark within it; Fanning's way of prettily arranging herself, showing off Alice's newfound power; Dunst's quiet melancholy.

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Courtney Howard

This remake is a searing period piece, a Southern gothic drama that seeks to castrate destructive, toxic male energy, and the water comes to a slow boil before it scalds.

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Julia Cooper
Globe and Mail

The Beguiled is Coppola's bloodiest, most visceral movie to date, and it is also one of her best.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The story is briskly told - it's 11 minutes shorter than Siegel's version - with good performances that alternately amuse, seduce and shock.

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Andrea G. Bermejo
Cinemanía (Spain)

Precious and pastel... [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Sofia Coppola gives this reboot a woman's touch in that extra emphasis is given to how the women, after taking in a wounded soldier, all convey in their… More
Glenn Gaylord
NOTHING TO DECLARE - My Review of THE BEGUILED (2 1/2 Stars) I remember Don Siegel's original 1971 adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's novel, THE… More
Michael S
Sofia Coppola reworks "The Beguiled" into a densely atmospheric slow-burn; a Southern-Gothic mood piece of expertly ratcheted tension and an… More
Bradley J
The tension builds like a pressure cooker in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled. She wisely places the females at the center of the story, getting mileage out of… More
Carlos Magalhães
Sofia Coppola creates an unsettling and slow-burning film that doesn't impress so much for its plot as it does for its evocative atmosphere - an effective… More
Alec Barniskis
If you're willing to forgive the anachronisms and whitewashing (both of which are fair criticisms) I think its ultimately a worthwhile remake. Coppola… More