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Heavenly Creatures

  R HD Closed Captioning

Peter Jackson

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Plot Summary

Thrilling and provocative, Heavenly Creatures is the highly acclaimed, true-life story of the shocking crime that stunned a nation! When circumstances bring together two bright and highly imaginative teenage schoolgirls they quickly form an unwavering bond creating a fantasy world that only they can share. But soon their parents, disturbed by the intensity of the friendship, the girls vow to stay together, devising a secret plan that leads to shocking consequences! With captivating performances and startlingly original visual effects, Heavenly Creatures is gripping entertainment you won't soon forget!


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Lynskey and Winslet are extraordinary actresses. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, May 1, 2012

Fresh: 1994 spellbinder. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Feb 11, 2008

Fresh: 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, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

First Review!

This is a FANTASTIC film detailing the true story of how two girls murdered the one girl's mother in order to stay together. The film focuses on the girls friendship, which is fasscinating and twisted. They delve into their own fantasy world to escape their bleak reality. Their parents become concerned when their friendship begins to border on lesbianism and try to separate them. But these girls won't have any of that...

This was one of Peter Jackson's first films, and it's a triumph. I will warn you about two things though. First, are sensitive to graphic violence, do not watch. Secondly, being Kate Winslet's first film, she overacts in a few scenes, which can be a little irritating. Overall though, the acting and everything else are superb. Great job!


It was good, although the fantasy scenes were a tad drawn out. The story is fascinating (yes, I'm morbid). It's interesting to wonder why anyone would kill her mother. Did it really never occur to them that they could move to America when they grew up? They would only have had to wait four or five years. Then again, impulsive teenagers live in the moment.
On the other hand, as far as I know they both are still alive. Pauline opened a riding school and Juliet is a best-selling author. Of course they can't see each other. I think it would have been better to wait another fifty or hundred years to make the movie. It is not like Jack the Ripper where everyone who was involved is dead. Juliet once said, "Why can't I be judged for who I am now, instead of who I was then?" I guess I feel a little guilty.
On the whole, it's OK.


Great movie in every way, but... New Zealand not Australia.

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