The Virgin Suicides Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 6, 2002
A heartbreaking glimpse at the secret life of adolescents... shockingly tender and remarkably acted.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...a tragic fable, as diffuse as an imperfectly remembered dream
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2002
When a film's most sensible character commits suicide within the first 15 minutes it cannot be a good sign.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
All style, no structure.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
As for Coppola, she shows a lot of her father's audacity but as yet not much of his talent.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
Sofia Coppola has made one of the most unusual films ever fashioned out of the fears and the fantasies of adolescent boys.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
The film coalesces into a truly transporting experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Kind to all its inhabitants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
An extremely sure-handed filmmaking debut from Coppola, daughter of Francis. Her script alone is a marvel of subtlety and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
All the snickering about Francis's little girl can't hide the genuine talent at the heart of this film, talent that has only begun to find a voice.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 10, 2001
a disarmingly wispy film given its subject matter, which is pretty much spelled out by its title.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2001
Coppola's adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides's novel is both tender and devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 1, 2001
Both accomplished in its direction and marred by freshman mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Michael Thomson
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
An always impressive tale of teenage insecurity, deprivation, angst, and lust.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Bartoo
Hollywood.com
April 4, 2001
Spunky directing debut by Sofia Coppola unfortunately plays like after-school special.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
not so much about plot as it is about feeling
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Aulert
culturevulture.net
February 14, 2001
It will resonate with anyone who's ever gone through adolescence. It ranks with the very best films of the year.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 14, 2001
The film is an evocative visual depiction of a typical suburban family and community.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
I am tired of seeing male adolescent sexual fantasies as deeply symbolic of life, the universe, and everything. But these are the themes The Virgin Suicides wants so desperately to present to us as fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Content in its bland enigmas, The Virgin Suicides is exquisitely boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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