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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
'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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The Bling Ring is the cinematic equivalent of the vapid, superficial kids it features - all visual panache and minimal substance.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A modern-day cautionary tale about youth run amok that, for all its ripped-from-the-headlines topicality, still exudes a dreamy, otherworldly perfume.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
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.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The Bling Ring is the first of [Coppola's] pictures that I actively dislike -- I sense no mystery, no depth there.
Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice
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.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Is this anthropology, or simply entropy? It's partly the former and lots of the latter, with precious little insight.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
A little cheekier than most Coppola films, its subjects fish in a barrel of barbed laughs.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Doesn't explore the who's and why's of the scenario so much as the how's and why-not's.
William Goss - MSN Movies
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.
Richard Brody - New Yorker
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.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Chicago Sun-Times
The stars hide; the ardent admirers seek. With a breezily nonjudgmental air, "The Bling Ring" fictionalizes this story of five seekers.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A comedy, of sorts, if what it says about our obsession with the famous and the frivolous weren't so totally depressing.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's fun while it lasts, but ultimately forgettable, kind of like the people they stole from.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
Scott Foundas - Variety
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 ...
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It has nothing to say about kids who had nothing better to do than to thieve from the rich and famous.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
David Ehrlich - Film.com
This is consumerism run riot without a moral compass, not the redistribution of wealth, but its pure celebration.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
A cool and intriguing cinematic journey, largely free of either editorial commentary or amateur psychology.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
For all its beautifully established mood, this film remained, at least for me, curiously unsatisfying-a kind of exquisitely tasteful after-school special.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
It's obvious that Coppola knows this milieu, what these kids wear and the way they speak.
Jocelyn Noveck - Associated Press
Though the material is sensational, the film is on the blah side.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Emma Watson is comedic gold.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
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.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
...Coppola definitely finds a captivating way of telling the tale. Her script and the performances give us something thought-provoking out of something superficial.
Antonioni watches too much TMZ in Sofia Coppola's detached portrait of hollowed-out youth culture.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Five children-four princesses and a prince-run in gentle Angeleno night from enchanted castle to enchanted castle, gathering treasure-beads and raiment and gold and currency-spending themselves afterward on endorphins and coke.
However, the bigger issue at play here is the lack of subtlety, a concept seemingly not invented at the time Sofia Coppola wrote and directed this movie.
Sofia Coppola directs this true tale about decadent teens run amuck.
Kam Williams - Baret News
Coppola's unflinching portrayal is social commentary disguised as teen fantasy, superbly photographed by the late Harris Savides and with pitch perfect acting, especially from Harry Potter alumnus Emma Watson.
It's smart and droll.
Maybe you could stretch some deeper meaning out of it, surmising that Coppola wanted to make as vapid and empty a movie as her subjects and their inspiration. That's great for a Film & Society term paper, but it doesn't exactly make for a riveting movie.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
The curve of potential mockery bends toward infinity, yet Coppola restrains her satirical impulse in The Bling Ring, shaking her head ruefully more often than she snickers.
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
To criticize that the script doesn't go deep enough is to get the point: with all that swag out there for repeat-offenders like Lohan, why shouldn't a girl walk up to an empty house and liberate its contents for the sheer joy of material possession?
Thelma Adams - Yahoo! Movies
Lively, engaging, and a little too obvious
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
It tells of the same sickness as the rest of her work, in other words, but it aims for accessibility instead of sublimity.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The Bling Ring gives you the feeling that you can reach out and slap these zombified teens out of their apathy - unfortunately you're restricted to your seat and to your judgement - Coppola makes you work.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Coppola's latest effort is the most superficial film I've seen since "Spring Breakers" earlier this year. There's so little here in the way of substance that it becomes quite an amazing feat that she was able to stretch it out into a 90-minute feature.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Feather-weight satire of rich teen girls who steal from celebrities...The film is the cinematic equivalent of reading a health warning on the frosting of an over-priced cupcake.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
"While many loved Coppola's earliest pics, no one was happy with Marie Antoinette and many loathed Somewhere, and this based-on-fact latest again opts for a cheesy study of fame with characters who almost dare you to like them."
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley - Rip It Up
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.
The Bling Ring suggests Coppola still has the nose for a good story, but not the depth to sufficiently explore it.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
Top marks to the cast who deliver these characters exactly as intended: shallow, stupid, reckless, irresponsible, self centred and extremely irritating. I wanted to smack them all as they snorted the stolen cocaine
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The beauty of Sofia Coppola's intoxicating film that dabbles with celebrity obsession is that it entwines us so completely it its fake culture, that it makes us believe we are part of it
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Coppola observes this giddy crime spree with her usual deadpan cool, finding satirical gold everywhere she looks. (Keep an eye out for Hilton's face on her own sofa cushions.)
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A typically underwhelming effort from Sofia Coppola...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The pointless pic, lacking any sense of humanity, left me confused about what the director was trying to say about the social deviants featured.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Once the initial thrill of riding shotgun to these robberies starts to fade, the audience has little to do but wallow in amorality, absent any fresh perspective from Coppola.
Scott Tobias - The Dissolve
The film is surface-shallow - but only because the culture it reflects is arguably too superficial to withstand any kind of analysis.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
90 minutes of derisive mockery and finger-pointing. We agree with the sentiment, sure. But what about it?
Eric D. Snider - About.com
A sly true-crime drama.
Kate Stables - Total Film
Director Sofia Coppola delivers a wily critique of celebrity culture in The Bling Ring as she dresses up the true story of Los Angeles teenagers robbing their Hollywood idols' homes.
Kaleem Aftab - Independent
Coppola's dialogue is remorselessly authentic in its inanity, and this blankness runs deep in what finally feels a shallow film about shallow people.
Catherine Shoard - Observer [UK]
Once again, Sofia Coppola confounds expectations with an astutely relevant approach to a true story. These events may be torn from the headlines, but they also echo the world around us.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
As a potential future video manual which could encourage some people to become high-end criminals, it left me uneasy.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
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.
David Sexton - This is London
The picture feels like a modestly competent sketch of a subject that doesn't warrant this much attention.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
- Empire Magazine
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
This may be a telling observation on today's lack of privacy but it doesn't make our teenage bandits very interesting or clever.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A film about teenagers, crime, celebrity, LA, the internet and the cinema. These still waters run very deep indeed.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
The film confirms that vanity is a delicate, difficult target. Miss it, and you and your artistry seem as vain and misdirected as your material.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
[An] engaging, superbly acted and impeccably production-designed drama, though the story is a little too fixated on the moral blankness of its characters and it completely lacks emotional depth.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
For a satire on America's modern day celebrity culture, The Bling Ring is hard to beat.
Watson's performance is the real revelation here... [It] makes you eager to see what she will do next.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Perhaps Coppola errs towards the mundane to emphasise that these were just typical, peer-pressured California kids. But being credible doesn't make them interesting.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Where Coppola fails is in filling the spaces between the soundbites.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
When Coppola took a laid-back approach in her highly acclaimed Somewhere, I was bored to tears. But this time it's not only completely fitting but weirdly compelling.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
This is a funny, sarky, bang-on portrayal of the freakiness of celeb obsession. The story would sound outrageous - if it wasn't true.
Cath Clarke - Time Out
Coppola's movie is not unsympathetic to the teens' desires, misapprehensions and bad choices, even as it presents itself as a deadpan spoof of their shallow aspirations and thoughtless materialism. The movie's gaze suggests sadness, not scorn.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Want to watch some rather dull characters oohing over clothes? This is your jam.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Girls meets Ocean's Eleven, The Bling Ring might be a film for right now rather than the ages, but Sofia Coppola's heist movie is visually arresting, well acted, capricious fun.
A stick-thin expose of a gaggle of brats obsessed with snatching Prada purses and Alexander McQueen shoes from celebs' high-up-in-the-hills chateaus.
Erick Weber - NECN
A deeply ironic commentary on the ubiquity of celebrity culture in the lives of modern American adolescents.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Coppola constructs their true-crime events rather conventionally for her usual style, but that's because she's smart enough to know that people this dumb don't need much embellishment.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Sofia Coppola directs another beautiful film that will be the rave of Hollywood.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
A stylish and relevant look at how the idolatry of celebrity begat a special breed of brat, whose belief that to live like the kings and queens of materialism is to steal from their palaces.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Repetitive, self-referential nonsense about a group of spoiled brats no one cares about. Supposed insights to celebrity-obsession are non-existent.
Sofia Coppola creates a surprisingly deep look at some very shallow people.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The film is ostensibly a look at the real-life group of teens who got away with burglarizing celebrities' homes for almost an entire year before being caught, but the true takeaway from this viewing is that Paris Hilton is even dumber than we all thought.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It may look aesthetically alluring, much like the Instagram-enhanced pictures the juvenile crooks upload onto their social network feeds throughout the course of the movie, but it's as equally hollow. Maybe that was the purpose - for art to imitate life?
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
I can recommend the movie not because it's a great film, but because it realistically documents the arrogance and audacity of a group of misguided, selfish and spoiled teenagers.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The film is like an installment of True Crime Stories hosted by Perez Hilton. Yes, it's all that.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
When dealing with a subject so shallow and petty, it's pretty hard to dig as deep as Coppola tries to. If you're looking for profundity, you're not going to find it in the Hollywood Hills.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
The film simply is what it is, and that is boring.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
The ripped-from-the-headlines story is interesting on its own, but Coppola ups the ante by using it as a springboard for a treatise on our celebrity-obsessed culture.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Is it a sin to covet the life of someone who exists purely for the purpose of being coveted?
Rebecca Cusey - Patheos
Despite Coppola's obvious talents as a director, and her upscale style, her movie still plays like a TMZ report.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
It's about as insightful as Paris Hilton's underwear.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
Their nonchalant disregard for authority and false sense of entitlement don't feel shocking anymore, and the film feels more pretentious than provocative as a result.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
an indictment of bad parenting that results in awful teenagers... also a shaming of vanity that somehow is endorsed by its own worst offenders
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
The Bling Ring makes a good case that there's a segment of the population that has never learned the difference between fame and infamy, and they don't care either way.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Coppola downplays the satire -- this is a social commentary that needs no underlining -- but she can't find much resonance beyond the notion of the emptiness of tabloid culture.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
One of Coppola's best films, mainly because of the writing.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
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.
Michael Sragow - Orange County Register
The Bling Ring is a stylish commentary on fame-obsessed teen culture, even if the movie dismisses the real-life perpetrators as little more than naive punks.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Coppola probably doesn't understand these characters any more than we do, or anyone else does. But she's genuinely curious about them.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Had Coppola at least made some social commentary with her picture, perhaps "The Bling Ring" would have had a purpose. But, as it stands, this film is a complete waste of time.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Coppola hasn't created a sharp film, but it's certainly an observant one, and could possibly qualify as effective birth control for some.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Coppola skillfully conveys a key cultural shift: the desire for fame supplanted by an appetite for infamy.
Curtis Woloschuk - Willamette Week
The brilliance of The Bling Ring is in the question it presents as its thesis - 'Can you really blame them?'
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
It's a hell of a headline but ultimately not much of a movie. Coppola perpetuates vapidity instead of processing it.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Provocative and beautifully crafted, radiating with another one of the auteur's typically flawless soundtrack compilations, "The Bling Ring" brings insight and hypnotic urgency to a story not to be believed if it weren't so unbelievably true.
Despite a glitzy surface it ultimately seems as devoid of substance as its airheaded young characters.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The most curious thing about this movie is that as the cautionary tale it so clearly wants to be, it fails.
Nathalie Atkinson - National Post
Coppola's film tells the story in a relatively straightforward manner, and that's ultimately the problem. It just sort of sits there
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
Ultimately, though the pace is snappy, the film feels a little empty; these teens seem too soulless even for satire.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The Bling Ring sets a new standard for film failure. It's such a mess, the teens should get back together and steal all of the copies of the movie. No court in the land would find them guilty.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
It's also fun to watch Watson try to be an L.A. bad girl. She has the acting chops to go way beyond being one of Harry Potter's best friends.
Charles Ealy - Austin American-Statesman
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Why did Coppola make this movie?
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A frustrating shrug of ambivalence.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Coppola, who previously fascinated over the issues of wealth, prestige and social status in Marie Antoinette, allows The Bling Ring to wander into repetition the longer it runs.
Our celebrity obsessions get a frisky poke but not the skewering they deserve in Sofia Coppola's movie, based on a true story.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
It's stylish and fun, but don't expect much more.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's as much a damning deconstruction of a coveted lifestyle as it is a travelogue of beautiful people doing bad things.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
Coppola seems to be asking: "Is it really surprising when a generation of villagers raised on reality TV and TMZ rises up and storms the castle?"
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The problem with The Bling Ring is that it feels as soulless as its young protagonists.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Much of 'The Bling Ring' ends up feeling glitzy but too shallow, sort of like the celebrity world it's exploring. (Full Parental Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
There's no real point to the movie, unless it's to say that stealing from B-list celebrities will make you equally as famous, in which case, isn't it just contributing to the problem?
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
True crime with a dash of social satire...Coppola remains mesmerizingly stylish, but...The Bling Ring winds up being skin deep: superficial characters portrayed superficially in a shallow-pool reflection of shallowness.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Feels ... like a magazine article overstretched into a feature length film.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
While it's no VIRGIN SUICIDES or LOST IN TRANSLATION, THE BLING RING is still a sad glimpse into our fascination with fame.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It's not that it's a bad movie. Mostly, it's just on the inconsequential side.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Bling Ring" is an excellent piece of story-telling about an almost unbelievable crime spree. Ultimately, there is no honor among thieves.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...an account of youthful disaffection being assuaged by excessive materialism.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
...a sly message about America's celebrity culture, a food chain subtext that equates the kids with their quarry.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Lyne's tragic depiction of latch-key L.A. teens in 1980's Foxes, but Coppola's characters don't draw the sympathy ... nor does it feel as intrinsic of a representation of its time
Matt Kelemen - AspectRatio.us
Sofia Coppola's sly comment on the vapidness of pop culture and a group of teens lost in transition points out our obsession with fame and gets it all right.
Pete Hammond - Movieline
The Bling Ring is something new from the Lost in Translation director. It continues her ongoing portraits of teen alienation, but it's also full of big laughs.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The film doesn't celebrate or critique this pervasive culture that values fame and wealth above all things; it simply becomes it, with Coppola as a cinematic anthropologist.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
She neither explains nor excuses nor extols nor excoriates these kids, which would be fine, but she doesn't really examine them either.
Glitzy but superficial dramedy has swearing, alcohol, drugs.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
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.
Tomas Hachard - NPR
Where exactly is the drama here? Why tell this story at all?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
With so many vicarious celebrations of wealth masquerading as critiques as it is, I think you owe the audience at least the wisp of a point of view, and there's none here. There is no here here.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
It's hard not to think, "What idiots."
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
This is the first time where the director has allowed herself to be so openly contemptuous of the people in her own movie and that judgmental air suffocates The Bling Ring.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Coppola, as ever, works in the subtlety of observation, immersing in the world of the characters and laying its flaws bare as opposed to strongly essaying the downfall of youth
Christopher Null - Film Racket
The Bling Ring is a gloriously repugnant fever dream of reckless excess, rampant insensitivity, and spiritual isolation, one that is absolutely effective in getting its desired visceral reaction from the audience.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
It would rather mock its protagonists than help us understand them.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Deceptively shallow but ultimately fascinating.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
The scariest thing in theaters this summer is definitely over priviledged high school kids; unfortunately their film is only as enthralling as a day in Paris Hilton's life. Glamorous, but there's just not much going on beneath the surface.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Quick-witted, well-cast and directed with a deft touch, "The Bling Ring" is Sofia Coppola's best work in years.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Burrows deep into a social strata that seems to float just below the surface of everyday consciousness...You can't help but engage. At least I couldn't.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The Bling Ring isn't so much interested in provocation as sociology. Manufacturing this sort of fame is an exercise in mutual exploitation.
Ben Kenigsberg - AV Club
If it was Sofia Coppola's intention to portray Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Audrina Patridge as the unfortunate, sympathetic victims of teens run rampant in The Bling Ring, then, great work?
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
[A] weirdly fascinating, beautifully composed film.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
A way-cool account of a real-life crime spree in Southern California that trips on Sofia Coppola's failure to take a directorial stance.
Erica Abeel - Film Journal International
Sofia Coppola is our foremost cinematic interpreter of emotional dislocation and moral blankness.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
A winking condemnation of a generation of naive, covetous privacy-abandoning teens
Coppola observes the sticky-fingered waifs in their natural habitat (home, school, Paris Hilton's house) with her characteristic light touch and absence of mockery; there's no need for it, as her chief characters are seemingly beyond parody.
Fiona Williams - sbs.com.au
The Bling Ring is enjoyable. And it's always easy on the eyes.
Sofia Coppola seems curiously unmotivated to bring full analysis or provocation to her themes, leaving the film feeling like a disappointingly toothless satire.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
Shallow yet scary, superficially documenting a banal youth culture of self-surveillance.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A sharp-edged portrait of a band of amoral teenage thieves in Southern California who have a passion for fashion, a yearning to have more, and a desire to experience the cheap thrills of danger.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
While the film is repetitive, it isn't boring; while the world it represents is morally ugly, the picture is striking to look at.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
It is an enjoyable, amusing and well-executed film even if it does feel awfully insubstantial and inconsequential.
Allan Hunter - The List
It's an intriguing notion, but one wishes Coppola wouldn't pound on this single point for her movie's entire running time.
Tim Grierson - Paste Magazine
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.
Jon Frosch - The Atlantic
More bling than ring of truth in a Post-Occupy world. As Hollywood's projecting paranoid flavor of attacks on their privileges by the poor here and countries they in actuality exploit, adds a new economic crisis class enemy, the diminished middle class.
Prairie Miller - Critical Women
A breezy, deadpan satire on our obsession with celebrity culture and the lengths some people will go to secure a fleeting moment in the limelight.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
An off-putting, based-on-actual-events ode to the rich and clueless.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
The problem with The Bling Ring is that it is very nearly as vapid as the people that it depicts.
Shaun Munro - Film School Rejects
This is Sofia Coppola's cocaine movie, which is still a lot calmer than Scorsese's cocaine movie.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
The film plays like the material its criticizing - an artful "E! True Hollywood Story."
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Coppola wants to chastise a tabloid culture where almost anybody can become an instant celebrity...but it's an easy target and when spun through a group of barely sketched characters...it makes The Bling Ring a weightless experience...
Kevin Jagernauth - The Playlist
The young cast impress greatly at times and their delivery of some of the more amusing lines with a pout and a "like totally" help make The Bling Ring something of an enjoyable experience, despite it's flimsiness.
Craig Skinner - HeyUGuys
Coppola's latest never seems to know what it wants to be - it works best when it is a blackly comical parody but it too often pulls its punches and is never quite brave enough to be bold.
Simon Gallagher - What Culture
Sofia Coppola's fascination with the young and over-privileged reaches a logical plateau with The Bling Ring, a hyperaware consideration of celebrity intrigue and idolization.
Jordan Cronk - Slant Magazine
There is something in Coppola's weightless, affectless portrayal of their crime spree that is very effective, and this is a film whose interest definitely grows on a second viewing.
Everything comes together for the good here: visuals, performances, raucous soundtrack, Coppola's teasing flirtation with, yet ultimate lack of commitment to, some kind of concrete morality.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
The film ... is rather one-tone - they break into houses, wear clothes, go to clubs, do drugs and get caught - and lacks any real sense of drama.
Mark Adams - Screen International
[D]ispassionately subversive and quietly modern, The Bling Ring may well be a morality tale with no moral.
Guy Lodge - HitFix