The Bling Ring Reviews

  • 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

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