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The Virgin Suicides Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Kirsten Dunst is marvelous as the most adventuresome of the girls, and Josh Hartnett is fine as the high school hunk.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Intense, imperfect movie about teen suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Geoff Berkshire
January 1, 2000
The movie will inevitably be compared to The Ice Storm, due to time period and some tone similarities, but it pales terribly next to that milestone of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2002
When a film's most sensible character commits suicide within the first 15 minutes it cannot be a good sign.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
I am tired of seeing male adolescent sexual fantasies as deeply symbolic of life, the universe, and everything. But these are the themes The Virgin Suicides wants so desperately to present to us as fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Content in its bland enigmas, The Virgin Suicides is exquisitely boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 1, 2001
Both accomplished in its direction and marred by freshman mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
With its morose subject matter, this comedy would certainly have to be classified as a black comedy, but its tone is disarmingly light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
The film just bored me stupid. Very few laughs, even less memorable scenes, and definitely not an 'entertainment' film, by any stretch of the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sarah Raskin
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
Sofia Coppola does have a firm aesthetic grasp on the '70s, and an even firmer emotional grasp on teenage-hood, evident in the excellent acting she has teased from the ensemble cast. But surface is not enough to make The Virgin Suicides live.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Short on real insight.
Kasia Anderson
January 1, 2000
Though she wisely foregoes drawing simplistic conclusions from a story brimming with unanswerable questions, Coppola doesn't scratch very far below the surface of this enigmatic fairy tale.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Dave Kehr
January 1, 2000
Too much of Coppola's direction ... is devoted to scoring easy points against the squares of suburbia and their hideous home decor to create a properly magical atmosphere.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Coppola has created a detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters.
Jim Bartoo
April 4, 2001
Spunky directing debut by Sofia Coppola unfortunately plays like after-school special.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 10, 2001
a disarmingly wispy film given its subject matter, which is pretty much spelled out by its title.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
As for Coppola, she shows a lot of her father's audacity but as yet not much of his talent.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
All style, no structure.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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