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Reviews: The Bling Ring (2013)

bling_ringReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Fratello ideale di Spring Breakers, il nuovo film di Sofia Coppola è un’altra terribile ricognizione nei sogni disperati della gioventù. Il suo cinema si muove da sempre lungo due direzioni: il meccanismo della notorietà, l’incubo warholiano tramutato in modo di vivere, accanto al disperato desiderio di affermazione di una gioventù sempre più confusa e dispersa.
  • [New – 11/21] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The members of the Bling Ring don’t rob for the pulse-quickening thrill of petty crime. They rob out of a sense of wealthy entitlement: go where you want, grab what you want, take and post a picture of yourself doing or wearing or waving it.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: It seems like a story worth telling and one that Coppola tells well, but a film that can’t make up its mind on whether it’s a cautionary true crime drama meant to prompt head-shaking (like a 2011 Lifetime original movie of the same name and subject) or a tongue-in-cheek Sugar & Spice-type comedy meant to tickle your funny bone regarding the follies of youth.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: A deeply ironic commentary on the ubiquity of celebrity culture in the lives of modern American adolescents.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Coppola captured lightning in a bottle with this one, offering the audience a nice way to watch the stupidity of those in the celebrity worship culture without feeling the skank and grime of too much TMZ.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Sofia Coppola, una de las directoras mas sobrevaloradas del cine, vuelve nuevamente a hacer una reflexión aburrida sobre su tema favorito: la fama y sus consecuencias
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a sly message about America’s celebrity culture, a food chain subtext that equates the kids with their quarry
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Dustin Freeley @ MoviesAboutGladiators.com
  • John Gilpatrick @ JohnLikesMovies.com
    • Excerpt: This story of privileged Hollywood teens stealing from the Hollywood homes of their favorite celebrities fits director Sofia Coppola’s sensibilities like a glass slipper
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Shallow yet scary, superficially documenting a banal youth culture of self-surveillance.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring throws its mind and mood back to around 2008-9, when the bogus rhetoric of “aspiration” as justification for incredible greed and new forms of social exclusion was both at its height and about to meet the cold reality of boom-bust cycles, which here comes in the form an even more immediate, pitiless wake-up call.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The script isn’t particularly deep, but it‘s compelling viewing nevertheless. The superficial approach actually befits its subject.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: 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.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A slyly penetrating, alarming, and acerbic ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama of the unsettling obsession with fame, America’s famous-for-being-famous celebrity-tabloid culture and emphasis on materialism and its influence on the millennial generation.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
  • Jason McKiernan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: …functions as a window into the world that defines, informs, and thoroughly consumes those characters.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: This is a fascinating story, not least of all because of the particular people involved: due to the portrayal of Hilton, Lohan, Fox, et al. in the media, none them exactly hold our sympathies to begin with.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Naturally, as with all such scheming, there is only a brick wall at the end of the tunnel, though Coppola is less concerned with the legal ramifications of the crimes than the criminals themselves. She and her camera, helmed by master cinematographer Harris Savides just before his death last year, stalk through their lives, examining the empty existence that prompts the teens to make the choices they do.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: The Bling Ring is the film that Spring Breakers – released earlier this year – wanted to be.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Although The Bling Ring is the filmmaker’s most straightforward and emotionally indifferent feature to date, Coppola conveys an apposite sense of gaping horror at her characters without sliding into smugness or contemptuousness.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 9:04 am

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