Beast (2017)

Beast (2017)

Beast (2017)

In this psychological thriller, a young woman finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape them. But when he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she defends him at all costs and learns what she is capable of.

2017Rating: M, Violence, offensive language & sex scenes106 minsUK
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Beast (2017) / Reviews

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Beast is ostensibly a serial killer movie. But much like Amy Adams’ HBO series Sharp Objects, that aspect of the story plays out in the background, allowing director Michael Pearce to hone in on his main character and find out what makes her tick.

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Variety

Variety

Upgrading a sleeping-with-the-enemy premise familiar from countless B-thrillers with a faintly mythic aura and cool psychosexual shading, "Beast" also sustains a fresh, frank feminine perspective through Jessie Buckley's remarkable lead performance.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Aided and abetted by Benjamin Kracun's alluringly sensual cinematography, Mr. Pearce has created a feverish fairy tale riven with dark horrors and forbidden desires.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Puts an eerily windswept island location to fine use and features an excellent lead performance from Jessie Buckley, whose open, intelligent face transmits thought and feeling with piercing clarity.

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Stuff

Stuff

The ending, when it comes, will polarise viewers, but there's no doubting that in the preceding near two-hours we've witnessed a compelling journey and a star in the making.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Jessie Buckley is a force of nature in the lead role of this sinewy psychological thriller.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Pearce, in his feature directing debut, proves himself a solid craftsman, with a gift for giving even derivative story elements a nerve-jangling tweak.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Grisly and gorgeous in almost equal measure.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A strong debut from director Michael Pearce, with a gripping performance by newcomer Jessie Buckley. So much more than just another serial-killer movie.

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