• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Sofia Coppola
    In Theaters:
    Dec 22, 2010 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 19, 2011
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Somewhere Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Newsday

February 4, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 31, 2011
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

January 21, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 14, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

January 14, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 14, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ultimately, Somewhere may be too static, too minimalist a tale. But there's grace here, in its aching assessment of loneliness, in its examination of connections and family...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There's something mesmerizing and special about "Somewhere," for those willing to wait and let the movie cast its spell.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Another "woe is me, I'm famous" wallow.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

January 6, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 6, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2011
David Ansen
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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?

Full Review Source: Newsweek

January 5, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Sometimes empty is just empty.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

January 3, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Coppola is a true filmmaker, and in Somewhere she pierces the Hollywood bubble from the inside.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

December 30, 2010
David Denby
New Yorker
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The movie is funny in a dryly sardonic way about movie-colony rituals and easy sex, but the funk of a noodling movie star is hardly a revelation of the absurdity of the human condition -- or whatever Coppola was getting at.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 27, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Coppola's poor-rich-girl vision is certainly consistent, although you sometimes wonder if she knows that hers is not the universal human condition.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

December 27, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"Don't tell, show" has been the writer's imperative for generations; Coppola takes that edict to its most visual and satisfying extremes.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 25, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The movie stands on its own terms as a slow-burning drama of life in a Hollywood purgatory where you can not only check out but leave.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 24, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The latest calcified bore by Sofia Coppola is less pretentious than Marie Antoinette but every bit as inertly stupefying as Lost in Translation.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 22, 2010
Dana Stevens
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The precise contours of Johnny and Cleo's relationship never emerge from the aesthetic fog.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 22, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Sofia Coppola returns to movie star/hotel/ennui territory in a film nearly as strong as Lost in Translation.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 22, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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As in Lost in Translation, Coppola keeps an eye out for the broken places. That's when Somewhere is really something.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This isn't an artistic effort, it's a vacant lot whose signpost reads: "Space available. Movie can be made here. Or not. Whatever."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

December 22, 2010
James Berardinelli
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Sofia Coppola has strayed into an area of pretentiousness that we have rarely seen since the height of the French New Wave.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 22, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Somewhere," in its odd, detached way, is compelling viewing.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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"Somewhere" is an undeniably minor film. But if you"re willing to be indulgent, you"ll find surprising pleasures hidden within.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 22, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It's a film in which doing less on screen is more and doing more is less, and if that sounds kind of Delphic, that suits the situation precisely.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 22, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's been interesting watching Sofia Coppola turn into an artful filmmaker. Waiting for her to become an exciting storyteller, though, just gets more frustrating.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What a flat movie for Coppola to have made four films into her otherwise remarkable directing career.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Coppola is a fascinating director. She sees, and we see exactly what she sees.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

December 22, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Exquisite, melancholy and formally audacious.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 22, 2010
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Too often, [it] rubs our noses in what it means -- and its soooooo all about meaninglessness. Film-school clichés and pretentious tedium don't deliver sharp, spanking-new insights...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Somewhere is a perceptive look at celebrity culture even if it sometimes feels more like a collection of scenes, a character piece in search of a larger, overarching story.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Those who groan that the writer-director has made another indulgent film about the obscenely privileged have overlooked Coppola's redoubtable gifts at capturing milieu, languor, and exacting details.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 21, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A small but, in its way, daring picture set largely within the confines of the Chateau Marmont just above Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2010
Justin Chang
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A quiet heartbreaker.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 21, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
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Both Dorff and 12-year-old Elle Fanning give lovely, unforced performances. You can feel a tenderness building between them, and also a vast, upwelling reservoir of things they can't or won't talk about.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 21, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Coppola again shows how keen she is to show cosseted young girls and women struggling with their place in the world.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2010
Laremy Legel
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That the movie is able to make us care is a testament to Coppola's prodigious gifts.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

December 7, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Bless Coppola for keeping her camera still, but she goes to the other extreme, of European minimalism. Like Johnny, the movie is an object in stasis.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 10, 2010
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite its subject, Coppola seems to be exercising more of her European than American sensibility in the small-scale intimacy of this portrait.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 6, 2010
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