The Virgin Suicides Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 30, 2012
A surprisingly intricate struggle with absence, grief, and memory.
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
November 22, 2010
Sofia Coppola's compelling, ethereal fable about adolescent loss of innocence is claustrophobic and uncomfortable, but profoundly affecting and gently funny. "The Virgin Suicides" advises teen years are sometimes best remembered as a long-ago vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Sofia Coppola's adaptation of Jeffery Eugenides' 1993 novel plays like a sweet, sad dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
July 18, 2007
Sofia Coppola tackles the issue of teenage suicide with an assured treatment in The Virgin Suicides, effectively employing a seriocomic tone.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
A very curious and eclectic piece of work.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 21, 2006
An assured feature debut, this darkly humorous exploration of a tough subject benefits from an original narrative and the fact that the appealing cast consists of actors who are the same age as the characters they play.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The strongest directorial debut of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The tone of wistful regret and longing doesn't preclude a good deal of gentle humour. It's a restrained, subtly suggestive piece which disintegrates if you try to get a fix on it.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A stellar debut feature from Sofia Coppola and it's a must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 26, 2005
Mergulhando com sensibilidade na amargura do universo adolescente, com seus anseios e frustrações, Coppola estréia de forma memorável na direção.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 31, 2003
A disarmingly poetic - and specifically female - vision of adolescence that it belongs in a category of its own.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 1, 2003
Coppola's direction engagingly avoids the coming-of-age cliches and the film boasts an excellent performance from Kirsten Dunst.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Black comedy has never looked so good.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mark Olsen
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
If missteps hold the film back from achieving the full grandeur it aims for, there is no denying the way it conjures a magic-realist American suburbia, rarely before brought so convincingly to life.
Jon Niccum
Pitch.com
November 12, 2002
If [Coppola's] debut film is any indication, talent does run in the family -- even if it is a somewhat disjointed talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 23, 2012

Irish Times
January 1, 2000
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