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Thoroughbreds (15)

Drama, Thriller

Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

The critical consensus

The back and forth between Amanda and Lily is superbly scripted by Finley, recalling the clever penmanship of Ira Levin's Deathtrap, while he directs with real precision. And Cooke and Taylor-Joy remain endlessly watchable as they serve up the deliciously devious dialogue.

****(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 02/04/2018

Two stunning lead performances power this macabre study of entitlement and boredom.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 03/04/2018

Thoroughbreds is a very macabre comedy. It could easily have seemed grotesque, silly and self-indulgent. Instead, thanks to the perfectly judged performances of its two young female leads and writer-director Finley's gift for acerbic irony, it is both unsettling and frequently very funny.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 03/04/2018

It is initially gripping, with agreeably chilly Hitchcockian echoes, although the plot is a little less satisfying when it comes to the way the horrible murder plan itself appears to go wrong. Cooke and Taylor-Joy are convincing in their ruthlessness: Stepford sisters in the cause of self-gratification.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/04/2018

Dripping with malice and deadpan wit, Thoroughbreds is overly mannered but often devilishly entertaining.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 06/04/2018

Dark fun, with performances to savour and a set of references too seldom made in today’s pictures, this is a treat. It may peter out at the end, but what a calling card for Cory Finley, and this could be the last outing for its leads before superstardom beckons.

****(*)Andrew Lowery, Empire Online, 06/04/2018


Features about Thoroughbreds (15)

Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke on playing nasty in Thoroughbreds

Monica Barengo, Little White Lies, 03/04/2018

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Tuesday June 12, 2018, until Thursday June 14, 2018. More info: http://www.glasgowfilm.org/theatre/

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