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The Virgin Suicides Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 30, 2012
A surprisingly intricate struggle with absence, grief, and memory.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Intense, imperfect movie about teen suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
November 22, 2010
Sofia Coppola's compelling, ethereal fable about adolescent loss of innocence is claustrophobic and uncomfortable, but profoundly affecting and gently funny. "The Virgin Suicides" advises teen years are sometimes best remembered as a long-ago vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Sofia Coppola's adaptation of Jeffery Eugenides' 1993 novel plays like a sweet, sad dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 24, 2007
It's yet another case of blame-the-parents, and, more precisely, blame-the-overprotective-mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Emanuel Levy
July 18, 2007
Sofia Coppola tackles the issue of teenage suicide with an assured treatment in The Virgin Suicides, effectively employing a seriocomic tone.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 18, 2007
A very curious and eclectic piece of work.
Emanuel Levy
October 21, 2006
An assured feature debut, this darkly humorous exploration of a tough subject benefits from an original narrative and the fact that the appealing cast consists of actors who are the same age as the characters they play.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The strongest directorial debut of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 6, 2005
A rather stunted and sliggish exercise in style whose sporadically haunting visual quality doesn't make up for its shallowness and ponderous pace.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A stellar debut feature from Sofia Coppola and it's a must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Concentration on either the writing or the direction, but not both, may have spawned a better film from first-timer Sofia C.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 26, 2005
Mergulhando com sensibilidade na amargura do universo adolescente, com seus anseios e frustrações, Coppola estréia de forma memorável na direção.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 31, 2003
A disarmingly poetic - and specifically female - vision of adolescence that it belongs in a category of its own.
Peter Bradshaw
October 1, 2003
Coppola's direction engagingly avoids the coming-of-age cliches and the film boasts an excellent performance from Kirsten Dunst.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Black comedy has never looked so good.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mark Olsen
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
If missteps hold the film back from achieving the full grandeur it aims for, there is no denying the way it conjures a magic-realist American suburbia, rarely before brought so convincingly to life.
Jon Niccum
November 12, 2002
If [Coppola's] debut film is any indication, talent does run in the family -- even if it is a somewhat disjointed talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
In the end, the strengths of the movie are overwhelmed by what is pretentious, unplugged and boring to boot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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