Somewhere Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
January 11, 2011
Coppola applies a delicate touch ... and Dorff seduces with a sensitivity that belies his B-movie resume. By the end, we not only feel for, but are moved by, Johnny Marco.
Caryn James
James on screenS
January 9, 2011
Coppola's graceful, touching, father-daughter chamber piece feels like -- in the best sense -- a love letter to her father.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 7, 2011
The writer-director of "Lost in Translation" and "Marie Antoinette" has made the malaise of the privileged her special turf. Ennui is her milieu. And Coppola has a talent for revealing its existential and cultural dimensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 7, 2011
Throughout, Dorff is doggedly credible as an obtuse actor, but the richer performance here is from Fanning, and it might have been a stronger movie told from her character's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 7, 2011
Good thing note-perfect performances from all involved tend to offset those negative aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 7, 2011
To comment upon meaninglessness by creating something entirely meaningless yourself is hardly a way to make your point - let alone get people into the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 7, 2011
Coppola's film is composed of many long, stationary shots in which so little is happening it's as if she's encouraging us to look closer for meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 6, 2011
There's something mesmerizing and special about "Somewhere," for those willing to wait and let the movie cast its spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 6, 2011
Another "woe is me, I'm famous" wallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 6, 2011
It's the singular achievement of Sofia Coppola's affecting new film that she manages to make us care for a dissolute movie star, his angry ex-wife and their indulged daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 6, 2011
It's the kind of thing some people will appreciate and embrace, while others will flee in a fit of frustrated boredom. My advice: Stick around.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 5, 2011
Casting the less-than-charismatic Dorff may bolster Coppola's thesis, but it's dramatically self-defeating. How can we feel for Johnny, when there's no there there?
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 3, 2011
Coppola compounds her customary fragile rue with newfound austerity and toughness
Jon Frosch
France24
January 3, 2011
Tender, dryly witty, and shot with Coppola's typically exquisite eye for colour and detail.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
Sometimes empty is just empty.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Miriam Bale
Slant Magazine
January 2, 2011
That use of gorgeously subtle sound design and perfectly timed credits is a Sofia Coppola signature that she seems to have bettered through simplification in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jen Yamato
Movies.com
January 2, 2011
An intimate foray inside the emotional life of an adult who realizes they've been focusing for far too long on the wrong priorities in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
December 30, 2010
It's a welcome respite from many of today's filmmakers who think their films aren't complete without a gazillion quick edits or other visual shenanigans that often cover up storytelling shortcomings. (Parental Review also available)
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 30, 2010
The only question is whether Coppola consciously decided to craft a movie as tedious, vacant, and void of substance as her subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 30, 2010
Coppola is a true filmmaker, and in Somewhere she pierces the Hollywood bubble from the inside.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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