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Somewhere (2010)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 127 | Rotten: 51

It covers familiar territory for Sofia Coppola, but Somewhere remains a hypnotic, seductively pensive meditation on the nature of celebrity, anchored by charming performances from Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 14

It covers familiar territory for Sofia Coppola, but Somewhere remains a hypnotic, seductively pensive meditation on the nature of celebrity, anchored by charming performances from Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning.



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Roguish Hollywood star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) finds his debauched life of excess unexpectedly interrupted when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) shows up at the Chateau Marmont Hotel for an unscheduled visit. Later, as father and daughter reconnect, Johnny begins to reassess his sordid lifestyle. Writer/director Sofia Coppola teams with brother Roman to produce a film executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and released by Focus Features. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Drama, Comedy

Sofia Coppola

Apr 19, 2011


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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (127) | Rotten (51) | DVD (8)

It seems impossible that this heavy-handed, self-serious movie comes from writer-director Sofia Coppola.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The best movie directors aren't just masters of technical craft: They also are artists capable of showing you the world through their eyes -- of making you see and feel exactly what they do.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Coppola is brilliant at capturing mood: With cinematographer Harris Savides, her languid camera depicts California melancholy. But substance isn't her game.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Associated Press | Comments (2)
Associated Press
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If you're impressed by the fact that this won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, go look up the price of a flight to Venice.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
Chicago Reader
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There's no denying Coppola displays great understanding of wealthy ennui in Somewhere. And as a film stylist, she hits some fine grace notes. Still, she and we have been here before, and empty hotel life does have its limits.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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"Somewhere" is a distinctly European exercise in observational nuance and tonal restraint in which Coppola stretches static images to the breaking point.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Unflinchingly honest and confidently challenging, this is an all around incredible film.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Don't cry for the movie star, even if they don't have the glamorous life you imagine

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Even with its irritating ending, there's something so relatable about Marco that makes the story go, well, somewhere

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Even so-called "slow cinema" shouldn't be this dull.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

In "Somewhere," what ends up happening is that the main character's lack of interest becomes the audience's burden.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

A movie star and his neglected daughter bond while partaking in the celeb-filled glamour of the Chateau Marmont.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Sofia Coppola gives us a first-class ticket to nowhere

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

This is a film about vacuousness that's without much substance itself.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A poor little princess' plaint about the burdens of being special.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

[Coppola] examines boredom, privilege, torpor, laziness and adolescent daydreams with a kind of molasses slowness that no one else can touch. That's good because no other American filmmaker is really trying to touch it anyway.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

The question is 'why should we care?' Yes Johnny's problems are real, but they're not going to mean much to anyone else. And when you've got a character and story that are true but unrelatable, all the craft in the world isn't going to help.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

En principio atractiva e interesante, finalmente resulta previsible y carente de emoción, y perdiendo ante la inevitable comparación con Perdidos en Tokio (la mejor película de Sofia Coppola hasta la fecha, con la que tiene demasiadas cosas en común).

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Whether or not the journey from nowhere to the possibility of somewhere is worth taking is going to vary wildly from viewer to viewer.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A thoughtful and interesting deconstruction and demythologizing of American celebrity

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

Although the film throbs with dissatisfaction and longing for purpose, Somewhere plays as a dryly funny meditation on being adrift in Hollywood.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Like Coppola's previous films, 'Somewhere' examines the isolation (and cultural dislocation) of privileged public people -- people enclosed within the exposing fishbowl of celebrity and the protective bubble of entitlement.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A superficial movie about beautiful people, when it needed to be a beautiful film about superficial people. Lacks the magic of Coppola's best movies.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

Coppola has shamelessly retreated to what worked for her before in Lost in Translation.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

Somewhere begins with a fancy sports car driving in circles out in the desert. It's a great-looking machine, but it isn't taking us anywhere. It's a metaphor for the entire movie.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Coppola packs meaning into small actions or seemingly benign scenes that in any other film would immediately hit the cutting room floor

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Somewhere

Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is a slow moving, but nonetheless engaging film for the patient minded audience. For impatient movie goers, this is something to stay away from. By this point in Coppola's career, it's obvious she has a lot of talent. Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides were both excellent films, and Somewhere is a very good addition to her filmography. 

Johnny is a bored, passionless Hollywood actor that has secluded himself at a hotel. He goes out only to do the obligatory duties of his career. His life is changed when his 11 year old daughter stays with him for awhile. He begins to slowly look at what his life has become and reexamine it. 

Somewhere is a movie I enjoyed very much. It has Sofia Coppola's signature atmospheric tone to it, and Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning both give terrific performances. Elle Fanning is the life of the movie, and we see her slowly reinvigorate that life in Dorff's character. This definitely isn't a movie for everyone though, as it seems to be the case with all of Coppola's films. For fans of her style though, this is a definite must see.
March 1, 2014
Melvin White

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"'Somewhere' brings us over the rainbow. If only we were in Munchkinland."

Somewhere is something of a long-awaited followup to Lost in Translation: itâ(TM)s a quiet, fish-out-of-water dramedy, from Sofia Coppola. Itâ(TM)s not a bad movie, but itâ(TM)s not that great. In fact, what sets the two apart is quality writing. Itâ(TM)s so much easier to stay with Bill Murray in the 2003 movie. And note that I love Lost in Translation, so Iâ(TM)d take watching that in a heartbeat anytime, but thereâ(TM)s something about that movie that tells me Sofia Coppola can explore celebrity ennui in a more sympathetic light. Somewhere proceeds to tell a story about a man who will unwillingly set off and leave his first-world problems behind him. Notice I put that in the future tense. We notice a sudden transformation in this character, not a gradual one.
November 22, 2013

Super Reviewer

This was so good that I'll give Marie Antoinette another chance... it's a film that's refreshing in that, aside from one ham-fisted apology late in the story, it doesn't spell out the circumstances or dumb down the drama; like in The Virgin Suicides or Lost in Translation, you just watch it unfold and let the silences speak. It's hard not to read a personal narrative into - Sofia Coppola's father is of course also Hollywood royalty - but more simplisitically, it's a simple story about the gap between two people, one of them - the adult - a very detached human being, a sort of passenger in his own life. In all, it's very engaging film-making from a director who keeps getting better. Also: Steven Dorff = Stiffler in a serious role... and it works.
September 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

It's admittedly less engaging and much slower than Coppola's other films, however Somewhere is still rewarding and memorable due to Coppola's signature ability to create atmospheric films that continually haunt the viewer. Beautifully filmed, Somewhere is another example of how Coppola doesn't always want to tell a story (arguably you could say nothing really happens in the film) but rather she wants the viewers to experience a moment in time. The film may be empty of any compelling plot, but this is not its purpose. Its purpose is to have the audience experience every moment with these characters. Slow, yes. Boring, it is not. With each static shot, Coppola not only allows her artistic vision to shine, but also draws us in--making us part of these character's lives. Unlike the majority of films that leave us without any emotions or attachment to the characters at all, Somewhere is able to make us feel and make us live in that moment with Dorff and Fanning. Even the simplest shots---with Dorff's character walking about his own dimly lit place at night while a party is happening around him---have the most profound effects on the viewer. Somewhere, even if it is not as brilliant or as exciting as Coppola's other efforts, is still proof that she can, as a director, make us feel something that other films simply cannot.
July 23, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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