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The Bling Ring Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
It's smart and droll.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
August 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
July 2, 2013
This is a funny, sarky, bang-on portrayal of the freakiness of celeb obsession. The story would sound outrageous - if it wasn't true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 24, 2013
Emma Watson is comedic gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 24, 2013
All the characters are shallow and one-dimensional and, while one can argue that this is the point, it doesn't make for 90 minutes of engaging cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
June 21, 2013
Daring to face these often noxious, seemingly empty phenomena on aesthetic terms, and taking on a degree of their flatness and simplicity, Coppola renders them surprisingly substantial.
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2013
Coppola neither makes a case for her characters nor places them inside of some kind of moral or critical framework; they simply pass through the frame, listing off name brands and staring at their phones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 21, 2013
s Coppola offering a critique (a stated hope) or somehow being complicit? These questions seem to coil in on themselves, making The Bling Ring that weird yet common hybrid of tsk-tsking and celebration.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 21, 2013
It starts out as an expert docu-comedy about coddled teens who burgle celebrity homes and ends up an irritating, shallow mood piece about irritating, shallow people.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 21, 2013
It has nothing to say about kids who had nothing better to do than to thieve from the rich and famous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 21, 2013
This is consumerism run riot without a moral compass, not the redistribution of wealth, but its pure celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 20, 2013
A modern-day cautionary tale about youth run amok that, for all its ripped-from-the-headlines topicality, still exudes a dreamy, otherworldly perfume.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 20, 2013
It's fun while it lasts, but ultimately forgettable, kind of like the people they stole from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 20, 2013
Is this anthropology, or simply entropy? It's partly the former and lots of the latter, with precious little insight.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2013
Ultimately, though the pace is snappy, the film feels a little empty; these teens seem too soulless even for satire.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 20, 2013
A comedy, of sorts, if what it says about our obsession with the famous and the frivolous weren't so totally depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 20, 2013
What does Coppola want us to think about these beautiful young idiots? What does she think? She's too cool or too wary or too close to her subject to engage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2013
If you feel outraged and a little sick watching the people in The Bling Ring, it's because Coppola wants you to feel that way. You're not reacting against the movie, but with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 20, 2013
Why did Coppola make this movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 20, 2013
A frustrating shrug of ambivalence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 20, 2013
A little cheekier than most Coppola films, its subjects fish in a barrel of barbed laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 20, 2013
The stars hide; the ardent admirers seek. With a breezily nonjudgmental air, "The Bling Ring" fictionalizes this story of five seekers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 20, 2013
The kids' story was irresistible to the media, permitting both sensationalism and easy zeitgeist commentary, and that's about as far as writer-director Sofia Coppola takes it in this big-screen dramatization.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 14, 2013
For all its beautifully established mood, this film remained, at least for me, curiously unsatisfying-a kind of exquisitely tasteful after-school special.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 14, 2013
The young actors, including Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, and a very un-Harry Potter-ish Emma Watson, are engagingly blank, and Coppola films their exploits with a smooth and slowly accumulating creepiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 14, 2013
She neither explains nor excuses nor extols nor excoriates these kids, which would be fine, but she doesn't really examine them either.
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June 14, 2013
The film's best moments demonstrate just how skilled [Coppola's] become at conveying material longing, even when such yearnings have reached the realm of the perverse.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 14, 2013
Where exactly is the drama here? Why tell this story at all?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 13, 2013
'The Bling Ring' occupies a vertiginous middle ground between banality and transcendence, and its refusal to commit to one or the other is both a mark of integrity and a source of frustration.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 13, 2013
The Bling Ring is the cinematic equivalent of the vapid, superficial kids it features - all visual panache and minimal substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2013
Make no mistake, it is lovely to look at this celebrity bedazzled bit of L.A. crime history for a while. But the movie ultimately leaves you feeling as empty as the lives it means to portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 13, 2013
Though on the surface "The Bling Ring" is slight of aim and repetitive of structure, it is actually a slam-dunk conservative critique of American culture ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 13, 2013
It could have been one of those ripped-from-the-headlines quickies you see on subpar cable. Instead, The Bling Ring plugs into the zeitgeist of trash culture and sparks like a live wire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 13, 2013
It would rather mock its protagonists than help us understand them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 13, 2013
Deceptively shallow but ultimately fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 13, 2013
Narratively static and morally banal. That may be par for the course, however, when half the movie is spent watching shallow kids try on other people's clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
June 13, 2013
The Bling Ring isn't so much interested in provocation as sociology. Manufacturing this sort of fame is an exercise in mutual exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
June 12, 2013
It's obvious that Coppola knows this milieu, what these kids wear and the way they speak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Ehrlich
Film.com
June 10, 2013
A rich (and even urgent) portrait of a society that has lost control of its culture, a place where aspirations have become the ultimate impediment to actual happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.6/10
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 10, 2013
The Bling Ring is enjoyable. And it's always easy on the eyes.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 28, 2013
Eschewing the languorous rhythms and visual lyricism of her previous work, Coppola has crafted a fast-paced caper about vapid youth obsessed with wealth and notoriety.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 23, 2013
An off-putting, based-on-actual-events ode to the rich and clueless.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 18, 2013
A cool and intriguing cinematic journey, largely free of either editorial commentary or amateur psychology.
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William Goss
MSN Movies
May 18, 2013
Doesn't explore the who's and why's of the scenario so much as the how's and why-not's.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 17, 2013
The Bling Ring is the first of [Coppola's] pictures that I actively dislike -- I sense no mystery, no depth there.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 17, 2013
Though the material is sensational, the film is on the blah side.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 16, 2013
Watching The Bling Ring, the audience is invited to understand the impulses of these child-woman thieves, even as Coppola stands firmly apart from their craziness and sees them for who they are.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
May 16, 2013
Always adept at directing young performers, Coppola encourages fine work here from her cast of mostly newcomers, with Watson taking special relish in shedding her goody-two-shoes "Harry Potter" persona.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2013
Perhaps even more here than in her other films, Coppola's attitude toward her subject seems equivocal, uncertain; there is perhaps a smidgen of social commentary, but she seems far too at home in the world she depicts to offer a rewarding critique of it.