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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. Read critic reviews

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A teenager (Israel Broussard) and his gang of fame-obsessed youths (Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga) use the Internet to track the whereabouts of celebrities, then rob their homes.

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  • Sofia Coppola is arguably one of the best filmmakers to capture the achingly annoying experience of being stuck in an arrested state (especially as a teenager).

    January 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The Bling Ring is basically the same thing over and over.

    February 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's taut, makes its point without hammering it home, well acted (particularly Emma Watson; I know!) and visually delicious.

    September 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In other hands this would be an anti-fame morality tale. In Coppola's it's more of an elegant glide-by, her finest 'lost rich girl' comedy-drama since Lost In Translation.

    September 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Coppola gives the events a bubbly potency, drawn to the attractive, greedy foolishness of the characters. They are, when it comes down to it, horrible, vapid people, yet the film doesn't view them purely as monsters, or as a sociological construct.

    June 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's smart and droll.

    January 3, 2014 | Full Review…

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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