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95 Ratings


Directed by Michael Pearce
United Kingdom, 2017


An emotionally isolated woman comes under the spotlight of an island community when she falls in love with a man who is suspected of a series of brutal murders.

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Beast Directed by Michael Pearce

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  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Beast

    Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry!! Excellent performances from the leads here in this sumptuous, tense drama where danger is ever present, bubbling just below the surface. I wasn't completely sold on the town's response to the killer at large but as a character study of a woman battling her demons it's solid. 4 stars

  • revelintheview's rating of the film Beast

    Why aren't people giving more of a shit about this? The female interrogator scene was effective but maybe the only aspect of the film that didn't ring true (I assume because the writer/director is a man). Otherwise, this was disturbing, thrilling, ambiguous, well-edited, and beautifully lensed, and it features two of the most committed and convincing lead performances of the year so far.

  • Adam Whybray's rating of the film Beast

    3.6 stars. Jessie Buckley is transfixing in this thorny film that comes at you like a slowly-fading migraine. In its over-determined but emotionally truthful symbolism and fairytale naturalism it reminded me a lot of Joyce Carol Oates. If you liked 'Broadchurch' but wished it had a twitchier moral compass and more soil and sex, you'll love this! Johnny Flynn simultaneously looked really pretty and really smelly.

  • chazell's rating of the film Beast

    in two minds with this one, the trailer a solid 4 stars and built me up with a bubbly belly, but the actual film was a slow deflate in trying to enjoy flynn's dry acting, and the usual tick list of **cinematic tropes in contemporary cinema*; slow building music that suddenly cuts, dramatic choirs, screams that cannot be heard, cringe slow dancing etcetc. big shame for a film that had such high potential.

  •'s rating of the film Beast

    Watching 'Beast' feels like reading a fairytale-thriller book. The chemistry between the lead, the other cast, the shot, editing, the makeup & costume in every character. everything is good. but, the transition between first act to second act isn't so smooth and i feels like there's a blank space in there. one of my fav this year!

  • Hugo Bonjour's rating of the film Beast

    I found this to be odd and intriguing with beautiful cinematography, but the pace was a bit slow. Maybe if this was about 20 minutes shorter and if it relayed less on cinematic cliches and gimmicks I would have enjoyed this more.

  • †. Kennedy Pope's rating of the film Beast

    3.5 Was there really any denial from the viewing audience that Johnny Flynn did it? I really like Jessie Buckley's character development here. The story does such a great job at establishing her status as an outcast living within the parameters of proper society; and the whole conflict–choosing between her family and a little girl murderer–showcases her lingering fragility in such an entertaining way.

  • Aaron C Jones's rating of the film Beast

    Stylistically excellent, but felt super long and could have ended about 5 times. As a result, kind of a frustrating viewing experience but there's no denying the beautiful visuals and the acting was very good for the most part.

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