A surprisingly intricate struggle with absence, grief, and memory.
Sofia Coppola tackles the issue of teenage suicide with an assured treatment in The Virgin Suicides, effectively employing a seriocomic tone.
A very curious and eclectic piece of work.
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.
A disarmingly poetic - and specifically female - vision of adolescence that it belongs in a category of its own.
Tragic, haunting, and sometimes darkly comedic, this movie leaves a strong impression in its telling of a story about the destruction of innocence.
| Original Score: 3/4
More than most recent movies about suburban adolescence, The Virgin Suicides catches both the triviality and the grandeur of youth, its prosaic details and its mythopoetic flights.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
May haunt you for some time to come.
The Virgin Suicides captures in stylized vignettes the intertwining strands of innocence, desire and despair in the psyches of teenage girls.
A highly affecting film unafraid to exact an emotional toll.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The film slices through its dizzying succession of events with clean, swift efficiency.
A lovely, luminous dream.
This shimmery, darkly comic adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' novel marks the assured, often inspired feature film debut of writer-director Sofia Coppola.
| Original Score: B+
A weird and glorious tribute to ephemera of every possible sort.
Coppola has created a detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters.
[Coppola] has the courage to play it in a minor key. She doesn't hammer home ideas and interpretations. She is content with the air of mystery and loss that hangs in the air like bitter poignancy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's hard to remember a film that mixes disparate, delicate ingredients with the subtlety and virtuosity of Sofia Coppola's brilliant The Virgin Suicides.
| Original Score: 4/4
Sofia Coppola's adaptation of The Virgin Suicides ... captures the loveliest visuals and bits of language from Eugenides' book and faithfully, but not slavishly, transfers them to the screen.
| Original Score: 9/10
The movie ultimately succeeds because of its convincing emotion. In contrast to big-screen bummers we see every week, this movie conveys genuine sorrow.