The Bling Ring Reviews

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Gabrielle Bondi
The Young Folks
July 20, 2015
...Coppola definitely finds a captivating way of telling the tale. Her script and the performances give us something thought-provoking out of something superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ray Pride
April 9, 2014
Five children-four princesses and a prince-run in gentle Angeleno night from enchanted castle to enchanted castle, gathering treasure-beads and raiment and gold and currency-spending themselves afterward on endorphins and coke.
Kam Williams
Baret News
January 19, 2014
Sofia Coppola directs this true tale about decadent teens run amuck.
| Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Dunks
January 13, 2014
Coppola's unflinching portrayal is social commentary disguised as teen fantasy, superbly photographed by the late Harris Savides and with pitch perfect acting, especially from Harry Potter alumnus Emma Watson.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
It's smart and droll.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 4, 2013
The curve of potential mockery bends toward infinity, yet Coppola restrains her satirical impulse in The Bling Ring, shaking her head ruefully more often than she snickers.
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
November 2, 2013
To criticize that the script doesn't go deep enough is to get the point: with all that swag out there for repeat-offenders like Lohan, why shouldn't a girl walk up to an empty house and liberate its contents for the sheer joy of material possession?
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 14, 2013
It tells of the same sickness as the rest of her work, in other words, but it aims for accessibility instead of sublimity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
October 13, 2013
The Bling Ring gives you the feeling that you can reach out and slap these zombified teens out of their apathy - unfortunately you're restricted to your seat and to your judgement - Coppola makes you work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2013
Feather-weight satire of rich teen girls who steal from celebrities...The film is the cinematic equivalent of reading a health warning on the frosting of an over-priced cupcake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 3, 2013
The beauty of Sofia Coppola's intoxicating film that dabbles with celebrity obsession is that it entwines us so completely it its fake culture, that it makes us believe we are part of it
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 3, 2013
Coppola observes this giddy crime spree with her usual deadpan cool, finding satirical gold everywhere she looks. (Keep an eye out for Hilton's face on her own sofa cushions.)
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
Once the initial thrill of riding shotgun to these robberies starts to fade, the audience has little to do but wallow in amorality, absent any fresh perspective from Coppola.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
July 11, 2013
The film is surface-shallow - but only because the culture it reflects is arguably too superficial to withstand any kind of analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kate Stables
Total Film
July 8, 2013
A sly true-crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kaleem Aftab
July 8, 2013
Director Sofia Coppola delivers a wily critique of celebrity culture in The Bling Ring as she dresses up the true story of Los Angeles teenagers robbing their Hollywood idols' homes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
July 5, 2013
Once again, Sofia Coppola confounds expectations with an astutely relevant approach to a true story. These events may be torn from the headlines, but they also echo the world around us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
July 5, 2013
As a potential future video manual which could encourage some people to become high-end criminals, it left me uneasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 5, 2013
The picture feels like a modestly competent sketch of a subject that doesn't warrant this much attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
July 4, 2013
This may be a telling observation on today's lack of privacy but it doesn't make our teenage bandits very interesting or clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 4, 2013
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