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Somewhere Reviews

February 4, 2011
It seems impossible that this heavy-handed, self-serious movie comes from writer-director Sofia Coppola.
January 31, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 21, 2011
Coppola is brilliant at capturing mood: With cinematographer Harris Savides, her languid camera depicts California melancholy. But substance isn't her game.
January 14, 2011
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.
January 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
January 14, 2011
"Somewhere" is a distinctly European exercise in observational nuance and tonal restraint in which Coppola stretches static images to the breaking point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 7, 2011
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2011
There's something mesmerizing and special about "Somewhere," for those willing to wait and let the movie cast its spell.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2011
Another "woe is me, I'm famous" wallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2011
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?
January 3, 2011
Sometimes empty is just empty.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 30, 2010
Coppola is a true filmmaker, and in Somewhere she pierces the Hollywood bubble from the inside.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 27, 2010
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.
December 27, 2010
Coppola's poor-rich-girl vision is certainly consistent, although you sometimes wonder if she knows that hers is not the universal human condition.
December 25, 2010
"Don't tell, show" has been the writer's imperative for generations; Coppola takes that edict to its most visual and satisfying extremes.
December 24, 2010
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.
December 23, 2010
The nearly silent first half plays like Nanook of the North, only the ladies are wearing a lot less clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 22, 2010
The latest calcified bore by Sofia Coppola is less pretentious than Marie Antoinette but every bit as inertly stupefying as Lost in Translation.
December 22, 2010
The precise contours of Johnny and Cleo's relationship never emerge from the aesthetic fog.
December 22, 2010
Sofia Coppola returns to movie star/hotel/ennui territory in a film nearly as strong as Lost in Translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 22, 2010
As in Lost in Translation, Coppola keeps an eye out for the broken places. That's when Somewhere is really something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/4
December 22, 2010
Sofia Coppola has strayed into an area of pretentiousness that we have rarely seen since the height of the French New Wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 22, 2010
"Somewhere," in its odd, detached way, is compelling viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2010
"Somewhere" is an undeniably minor film. But if you"re willing to be indulgent, you"ll find surprising pleasures hidden within.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2010
What a flat movie for Coppola to have made four films into her otherwise remarkable directing career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2010
Coppola is a fascinating director. She sees, and we see exactly what she sees.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2010
Exquisite, melancholy and formally audacious.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
December 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2010
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.
December 21, 2010
Somewhere has strong echoes of Lost In Translation in particular, from the luxury hotels to an encounter with another country's bizarre television, but the style breaks rewardingly with what she's done before.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2010
A quiet heartbreaker.
December 21, 2010
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.
December 9, 2010
Coppola again shows how keen she is to show cosseted young girls and women struggling with their place in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2010
That the movie is able to make us care is a testament to Coppola's prodigious gifts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 10, 2010
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.
September 6, 2010
Despite its subject, Coppola seems to be exercising more of her European than American sensibility in the small-scale intimacy of this portrait.