The Bling Ring

2013

The Bling Ring

Critics Consensus

While it's certainly timely and beautifully filmed, The Bling Ring suffers from director Sofia Coppola's failure to delve beneath the surface of its shallow protagonists' real-life crimes.

59%

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Total Count: 203

33%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 31,584
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Movie Info

In THE BLING RING, Oscar Winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the world of these teens, where their youthful naivete and excitement is amplified by today's culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession. The members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that any teenager would find hard to resist. And what starts out as youthful fun spins out of control, revealing a sobering view of our modern culture. (c) A24

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Cast

Katie Chang
as Rebecca
Stacy Edwards
as Marc's Mom
Marc Coppola
as Mr. Hall - Marc's Dad
Janet Song
as Rebecca's Mom
Annie Fitzgerald
as Kate from Vanity Fair
Lorenzo Hunt
as Police Officer #1 (Nicki's)
Timothy Starks
as Police Officer #1 (Marc's)
Rich Ceraulo
as Police Officer #2 (Nicki's)
Joseph Nieves
as Police Officer (Rebecca's)
Nelson Rockford
as Las Vegas Plainclothes Officer
Erin Daniels
as Shannon
Pat Lentz
as Judge
Michelle Alegria
as Female TV Reporter #1
Stacey Turner
as Female TV Reporter #2
Brian Gattas
as Dogwalker
Michael Yo
as Male E-Interviewer
Halston Sage
as School Girl
Marshall Bell
as L.A. Detective #1
Maika Monroe
as Beach Girl
Isabel Lasker
as Drunk Girl
Adea Lennox
as Party Girl
Keenan Henson
as Male TMZ Reporter
Peter Bigler
as Chloe's Dad
Chad Brannon
as Water Delivery Guy
Zoe Sidel
as School Girl's Friend
Cari Champion
as Female TV Reporter #3
Nina Siemaszko
as Las Vegas Detective (Female)
Bailey Coppola
as Wasted Boy
Linc Hand
as Police Officer Arresting Rob
Brett Goodkin
as L.A. Detective #2
Paris Hilton
as Paris Hilton
Kevin Spencer
as Bedroom Police Officer #1
Sean Phillips
as Bedroom Police Officer #2
Bobby Ashhurst
as Police Officer #3
Karl Risinger
as Police Officer #2 (Marc's)
Dale Champion
as School Teacher
Christopher Blauvelt
as Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Bling Ring

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (120) | Rotten (83)

  • It's smart and droll.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The sense of detachment that is a signature of Sofia Coppola's work -- the coolly distant, stylishly dreamlike way she regards her characters -- works to her detriment in The Bling Ring.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Soon reveals itself to be grimly repetitious, simply showing these kids stealing, then partying, taking pictures of themselves and putting them on Facebook, over and over again, until they are caught.

    Jul 5, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A film about teenagers, crime, celebrity, LA, the internet and the cinema. These still waters run very deep indeed.

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For a satire on America's modern day celebrity culture, The Bling Ring is hard to beat.

    Jul 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This is a funny, sarky, bang-on portrayal of the freakiness of celeb obsession. The story would sound outrageous - if it wasn't true.

    Jul 2, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bling Ring

  • Jun 22, 2016
    Based on the true story of fame-obsessed teenagers that track the whereabouts of celebrities in Los Angeles so they can rob their homes. I was not familiar with this story initially so it was interesting to see how everything played out. Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, and Emma Watson all gave good performances in this film. I'm sure Paris Hilton hates this movie though.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2015
    The Bling Ring is relentlessly Copolla to a T. Borrowing from previous attempts by Sofia of portraying that desperation of contemporary adolescence and post-pubescent fear and confusion, but changing the backdrop from dreary to dolcé, The Bling Ring shimmers in style. Coppola does what she does best by blending rising stars with a genuinely interesting story and a trendy soundtrack. The film unfortunately doesn't focus as much as I would've preferred on the law side of things like the legal proceedings that ensued following the Hollywood Hills burglaries and instead focuses on the frolics of the five teenagers and their love of Prada and Paris Hilton. The film will definitely appeal most to fashion-conscious teenagers, those who love and can commit to Coppola's style and those interested in the actual case. The direction and soundtrack are almost flawless.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2014
    Was this a very dramatic retelling of the Hollywood Hills burglaries by accomplished director Sofia Coppola? No. Was it a "Spring Breakers" wannabe that reveled in debasing its main characters? Oh yes. That's what puts me off of Coppola's latest venture, starring Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and newcomer Israel Broussard. Coppola obviously detests her characters, and throughout their depiction obviously judges them for their decisions. She doesn't flesh them realistically, and instead gives us flat, uneven characters whose only ambition seems to be partying, drinking, and being juvenile delinquents. Because the characters are flat, the story barely goes anywhere. The entire film is them roving around in celebrities' houses, which isn't entertaining. Marc has some legitimate backstory, but otherwise we're left with bubble headed teenagers trying to be gangsta, and failing miserably. I'd rather re-watch "Kids" than sit through teenaged tripe like this again.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2014
    There was no real depth to this film. Of course, we are dealing with superficial characters is obviously not promising but I guess I hoped it would be more substantial in terms of content. Watson's American accent is understandably uneven.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer

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