The Craft (1996)

It’s a shame that this entertaining, likable thriller is held back from greatness by Robin Tunney’s weak central performance. The characters are well drawn, the special effects are dated but effective, and the movie’s central theme of female empowerment is treated with impressive focus (in particular for a movie from the 1990s). In addition, supporting players Fairuza Balk, Rachel True and Neve Campbell do terrific work both individually and as a trio. But lead Tunney seems barely awake throughout the movie and wounds its momentum, and the third act changes the movie’s tone so dramatically that it’s disorienting. Nevertheless there’s an overall charm to the movie that keeps things interesting, and it’s filled with terrific scenes and cool moments.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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