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491 Ratings

Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbred

Directed by Cory Finley
United States, 2017
Drama, Thriller, Comedy

Synopsis

Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems.

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Thoroughbreds Directed by Cory Finley

Critics reviews

Both [The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Boy Erased] are worth your time; both, in their way, are intelligent message movies that refuse to hide their outrage at a repressive practice that, as a coda before the Boy Erased end credits informs, 36 American states still allow.
November 01, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    Anya Taylor-Joy I swear: she melts icebergs with her gaze alone. She's got so much acting skill it's actually scary. The Mbappé of actors.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    Millennial dread done (almost) right. I would have liked to see a slower unraveling of Anya Taylor-Joy's character and motivations... she reveals herself as a very bad gal pretty early on. Olivia Cooke is also quite magnetic playing this teen sociopath, and they had incredible chemistry together. The finale was also a bit flimsy, but I was very entertained throughout the entire thing.

  • Jason's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    We're to draw the obligatory connection to HEATHERS (underlined by a bit of deft production design), though as dark teen cine-portraiture, THOROUGHBREDS stands out for being thoroughly atomized. It's black comedy because caustic irony is its main tool of repudiation. Makes me think of Chabrol. As does the general steadiness of form, exemplified by a long take of surpassing brilliance around which so much pivots.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    The sociopathic elite haven't changed much since the 80s—or at least some people still take Less Than Zero seriously. With Cooke as the psycho version of the sarcastic girl you liked in high school and Taylor-Joy always looking like she knows more than she says, there's fire and ice chemistry. But this is less a trenchant critique than a self-serious take on the soap opera staple of beautiful rich people being awful.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    Isn't interesting that all psychopaths consider Steve Jobs their hero - see Cooke's frequent appreciative comments? BTW, the comparison to Heathers is completely wrong. There are traces of Dogtooth and a ton of Bret Easton Ellis: class+capitalism+emotional labor+psychopathy+apathy+luxury+interior design+ultraviolence. PS Cory Finley will go far. PPS No, this does NOT need to be turned into a TV series.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    Not an unqualified success--overstuffed with homage, it's underfed with narrative ideas and energy, both of which, as others have noted, fall off precipitously about halfway through--but I loved how it inverted Heathers, with Anton Yelchin as a kind of anti-Christian Slater, uncool and unclued, and I was impressed by its complication of our usual association of psychopathy with evil, and empathy with ethics.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    Cooke and Taylor-Joy are both great in this tale of disaffection that boasts a strong screenplay and a magnificent use of sound. Being hailed by some as this generation's 'Heathers' it trumps that film by leaving aside the black comedy and investing in the ennui of teenage restlessness and discontent.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Thoroughbreds

    A strange, claustrophobic movie. So glad Anton Yelchin was there to break up the stilted, awkwardly styiized dialogue of the two leads. The women seemed directed to act like models in an Anthropologie photo shoot. The tone was helped greatly by the dramatic, dissonant musical score. At the end, the movie fizzled out, somehow strangely afraid of showing anything of great import, and thus signifying not much at all.

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