“Different... In A Good Way.”
As Jimmy, the teen sap who falls hard for Suzanne, Joaquin Phoenix is dead-eyed yet touchingly vulnerable -- a mush-mouthed angel.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
An irresistible black comedy and a wicked delight.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
To Die For endows Nicole Kidman with her career role to date, and one that only an actress with her porcelain features could even attempt.
Mike Clark - USA Today
The delicately featured Phoenix (yes, River's brother) has an extraordinary, chic-oddball presence.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Though it may seem less individualistic, less personal than Van Sant's past work, you can feel his sensibility and his talent in every frame.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Nicole Kidman's work here is inspired. Her clothes, her makeup, her hair, her speech, her manner, even the way she carries herself (as if aware of the eyes of millions) are all brought to a perfect pitch.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
If, like me, you find things to admire in all of Gus Van Sant's early films, you may be especially gratified by what he's done with a satirical anti-TV script by Buck Henry.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
To Die For has its share of truly delicious sequences, and some biting dialogue worth killing for.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Although Van Sant makes wicked sport of television, he doesn't underestimate its power to blind us to its faults and bring us to our knees.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A grotesque black comedy.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A smart and wicked delight
David Ansen - Newsweek
Like Roseanne, Gus Van Sant refuses to compromise his trademark smarty-pants assault on storybook America.
Harlan Jacobson - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's highly recommended.
Dean Essner - CNN.com
A mean-spirited satire, told in mock-tabloid style, this film features the best performance of Nicole Kidman to date (better than The Hours for which she won an Oscar), as an amoral small-town girl obsessed with becoming a TV star.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Gus Van Sant directed this sharp black comedy about the obsession with television and celebrity culture.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Wicked, Wonderful and Wonderously performed
Clint Morris - Moviehole
If you've hitherto failed to respond to the laid-back oddball appeal of Van Sant's movies, fear not: this is a sharp, consistently funny blend of black comedy and satire on the deleterious effects of television.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Exquisite media satire, as good as "Network" in its way.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Michael Szymanski - International Press Academy
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Michael E. Grost - Classic Film and Television
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Spence D. - IGN Movies
A vicious pitch black satire on the public's fascination with violent crime.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Great black comedy featuring Kidman's best performance
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Wickedly funny and cleverly told.
Leonard Schwarz - Palo Alto Weekly
This film is witty and smart and funny. That's a rare combination these days.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Matt Bailey - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
If only this was nearly as funny as it thinks it is.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The script is very smart and cynical.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Black comedy that charts the exploits of a heartless woman obsessed with becoming a major television star.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Breakout performance from Nicole Kidman
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
To Die For could have been a great film. It's not, but it shows what Nicole Kidman can do.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
That was it?
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
[The film] tarts very strong and its jibes are both on target and laugh-out-loud funny. But the tone of the film subtly alters during the course of the film and while the plot is tied up at the end, the climax is just a bit quiet and under-powered.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
With great wit, humor, and style, this movie serves all America its just desserts and, while the concoction and its ingredients may not kill us, it is to die for.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Half snappy, sardonic and incisive and half slow-moving, goofy and dense.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
When focused on Suzanne and her fluffy lap dog, the movie is pretty ferocious, but when it turns to the teenagers she seduces, the tone goes a little soft.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Director Gus Van Sant can't pull everything together to make any impact at all. It's enough to make you wonder what he's doing with this script in the first place.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
I give To Die For a thumbs up for Kidman's performance, for interesting docudrama style cinematography, and for some huge laughs.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Riveting cinema, an engrossing journey into a world where centre stage is the target.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The result is uneven but often very funny and on-the-mark, with clever observations on our obsession with television, media hype, the influence celebrities have on our culture and even a few bright sight gags.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
From the opening credits, a montage of mass media images from the story we're about to see, the film is saturated with Suzanne's shallow tunnel vision.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire