Heathers

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  • Summary: A razor sharp black comedy about high school politics centers on Veronica Sawyer (Ryder) who joins an exclusive clique of popular girls named Heather (Walker, Doherty, Falk) and plays along with her new boyfriend J.D. (Slater) in a series of pranks which turn into a series of murders made toA razor sharp black comedy about high school politics centers on Veronica Sawyer (Ryder) who joins an exclusive clique of popular girls named Heather (Walker, Doherty, Falk) and plays along with her new boyfriend J.D. (Slater) in a series of pranks which turn into a series of murders made to look like suicides. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    More than just one of the best movies so far this year, it is a revolution in young-adult entertainment.
  2. 100
    Wickedly funny. In fact, Heathers may be the nastiest, cruelest fun you can have without actually having to study law or gird leather products. If movies were food, Heathers would be a cynic's chocolate binge.
  3. 90
    Daniel Waters' enormously clever screenplay blazes a trail of originality through the dead wood of the teen-comedy genre.
  4. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    80
    Heathers gave me the creeps but it also made me laugh. This bizarre variation on that Hollywood staple, the teen movie, is one weird original. [30 Mar 1989 p.A12(E)]
  5. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    If Michael Lehmann's direction were a bit more astute, the movie could be the classic genre mutation it aims to be: Andy Hardy meets "Badlands." [17 April 1989]
  6. As snappy and assured as it is mean-spirited. Its originality extends well beyond the limits of ordinary high school histrionics and into the realm of the genuinely perverse.
  7. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    40
    Unfortunately, director Michael Lehmann's point of view is swivel-mounted: He doesn't have the courage of his cynicism. [31 Mar 1989]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Apr 1, 2016
    9
    "What is your damage, Heather?"

    The anti 80's teen movie. A terrific script laden with pitch black humour and dripping with cool dialogue.
    "What is your damage, Heather?"

    The anti 80's teen movie. A terrific script laden with pitch black humour and dripping with cool dialogue. Winona Ryder is awesome and Christian Slater is doing his Jack Nicholson thing.

    If the only 80s teen movies you've seen are The ones from John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink) then watch Heathers.
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  2. Nov 20, 2015
    8
    Far exceeding my expectations, Heathers was deeply troubling if you took it at face value – which of course I do not recommend. Being just outFar exceeding my expectations, Heathers was deeply troubling if you took it at face value – which of course I do not recommend. Being just out of high school, I see and I remember the drama. I was never a part of it but some people get really worked up – definitely similarly to Veronica and J.D. against the Heathers. Of course I was a little shocked to see the way death among teenagers was dealt with, but nonetheless the movie is from the point of view of an adolescent. They don't know how to properly handle this! Cynical but a cult classic. Expand
  3. Aug 1, 2011
    8
    first saw Heatherâ
  4. j30
    Nov 11, 2011
    8
    Here's an 80's gem that's very entertaining and has some great quotes. It 's almost a guilty pleasure of mine that's hard to ignore. I can'tHere's an 80's gem that's very entertaining and has some great quotes. It 's almost a guilty pleasure of mine that's hard to ignore. I can't really recommend this to anyone that is easily offended. Expand
  5. Aug 1, 2014
    7
    At first Heathers appears to be yet another high school comedy featuring the usual clichés, albeit one that was actually released before theAt first Heathers appears to be yet another high school comedy featuring the usual clichés, albeit one that was actually released before the myriad of Mean Girls copycats. Pretty soon however events transpire to make it a much darker affair as the plot is taken in a rather unexpected direction.

    The biggest issue for me with Heathers is that it doesn’t quite seem sure whether it wants to be a dark comedy or something more serious, and these frequent tonal shifts can be quite jarring as you are never quite sure when you are supposed to be laughing. With a strong lead performance from a young Winona Ryder however the movie remains entertaining throughout featuring enough twists and turns to keep most people guessing as to what will happen next.

    It’s far from perfect but this is an 80’s movie worth watching.
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  6. Jul 24, 2015
    5
    It's not a typical teen flick from the 80s, that was merely spewed out for cash-grab. But unfortunately, the message is lost towards theIt's not a typical teen flick from the 80s, that was merely spewed out for cash-grab. But unfortunately, the message is lost towards the ending. It merely becomes over-melancholic, and the death count becomes completely pointless. It's a cynical film, which I respect, but it's muddled, has wooden dialogue and by the time the film is done, lacks a point. Expand
  7. Jul 3, 2012
    0
    The story makes some telling points about adolescent life. But despite its oh-so-cynical mannerisms, it falls all over itself to flatter anThe story makes some telling points about adolescent life. But despite its oh-so-cynical mannerisms, it falls all over itself to flatter an allegedly self-absorbed and self-pitying teen audience. Expand

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