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  • Starring: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin
  • Director: Cory Finley
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 92 min.

Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark, and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.

"The film isn't just good. It's excellent, en route to a rabid cult following if not more."
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Finley ... combines a gift for tart and taut dialogue with a natural cinematic flair that heightens the drama."
- Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
"Finley remains true to his vision, and it's a thrilling spectacle to behold."
- Christy Lemire,
"Thoroughbreds is a delightfully nasty piece of work, a sharp, biting, dark teen comic-drama with an attitude to rival 'Heathers.'"
- Adam Graham, Detroit News
"Thoroughbreds was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Cory Finley, and for other amateurs it's a masterclass in squeezing everything you can out of a small budget."
- Andrew Lapin, NPR
"Thoroughbreds plunges you into an ice-cold bath of amorality, but debuting writer-director Cory Finley has such a command of details that you'll laugh your way through the shivers."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"A vicious satire of the upper class and its discontents, "Thoroughbreds" paints a dark picture of a generation that, because it has been denied nothing, has come to value nothing."
- Pat Padua, Washington Post
"A razor-sharp horror/satire that plays like an update of Heavenly Creatures for the era of the Kardashians."
- Brian Tallerico,
"Thoroughbreds, in other words, has been made with diabolical craft and intelligence, the kind that marks director [Cory] Finley as a major new American talent."
- A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"Set in the opulent, WASP-y world of teen divas with killer instincts, Cory Finley's deliciously depraved satire skewers an empathy drain that he sees as sadly emblematic of modern life."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Thoroughbreds is delivered generally in a prim, flat style that recalls the films of Hal Hartley and Whit Stillman...Finley is interested in the dark corners of psychology where malice and desire converge, and he generates a surprising amount of tension."
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader