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The Bling Ring

Drama . Crime . Biography

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

Actors: Emma Watson , Israel Broussard , Taissa Farmiga , Katie Chang , Claire Julien , Georgia Rock , Leslie Mann , Carlos Miranda , Gavin Rossdale , Stacy Edwards
Directors: Sofia Coppola
Release: 2013-06-21
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    For a while, the girls' personalities seem almost interchangeable, but that's part of the texture. Katie Chang gives the leader a ripe synthetic glow, and Emma Watson does a remarkable job of demonstrating that glassy-eyed insensitivity need not be stupid.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Bling Ring is a sly, often hilarious and at times sobering look at the 21st century fascination with celebrities.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    In other words, this punkish, sleek film about beautiful kids wallowing in purloined Prada could have been written by a grumpy 65-year-old white guy in gabardine, provided he had a sense of irony. The Bling Ring is the bridge between Coppola and Bill O’Reilly.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    As with her best films, Coppola is utterly at ease in this milieu and it shows.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Uncharacteristically loose and deceptively frivolous, The Bling Ring is as much of an attack on The Hills Generation as any of Coppola’s previous films were an exercise in self-pity, which is to say not at all. Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    The movie captures a moment when the lines separating anonymity, fame, and notoriety are finer than ever. And as Watson’s social climber prattles on to reporters about what a great “learning lesson” her criminal experience has been, it’s easy to see another star in the making.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    This is easily Coppola’s funniest film. Leslie Mann is hilarious as Nicki’s phony spiritual mum.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola’s deceptively shallow but ultimately fascinating latest, is animated by that spirit of we-don’t-give-a-f**k playfulness.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Coppola’s uproarious and bitingly timely film feels every inch a necessary artwork.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The Bling Ring traces an intriguing feedback loop of which it is knowingly a part: a movie that affords its subjects the very immortality they so aggressively sought.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    How do you make a movie about shallow people in a shallow culture and not end up with a shallow movie? For writer-director Sofia Coppola, the answer is to dramatize a story “based on actual events,” then to step back and present it as a case study in pure anthropology.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Bling Ring is Sofia Coppola's energetic, elegant, and entertaining take on this real-life story - a comedy, of sorts, if what it says about our obsession with the famous and the frivolous weren't so totally depressing.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Like a seductively lambent hall of mirrors, The Bling Ring lays bare the venality of train-wreck celebrity culture, striving and self-deception by dramatizing a fact that’s as delicious as it is depressing.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Coppola and her brilliant cinematographer, Harris Savides, keep the action simple, but the perspective is perfect.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Emma Watson is sensational as Nicki.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Coppola presents a smart cross-examination of the impact of media exposure on fickle young minds. While the ambitions of its young thieves often blur together and lack precise definition, The Bling Ring is the director's breeziest work, allowing the story to glide along with the ease of a heist movie.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Apart from scenes with Leslie Mann as a mother who propagates the wisdom of The Secret (she’d be too heavy-handed for a Disney Channel sitcom), The Bling Ring is enjoyable. And it’s always easy on the eyes.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This is a movie that cries out for more than the too-cool-for-school Coppola’s trademark hipster anomie. She may be too much a part of the celebrity-mongering world she portrays to do justice to its injustices.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Tomas Hachard

    It's when Coppola lets the beautiful, gorgeous things retain their sparkle that The Bling Ring shines most brightly.

    NPR Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The studied impassivity of The Bling Ring feels increasingly like a dodge as the movie progresses; we sense an anger and a moralism that the director’s too cool or too wary or too close to engage.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Coppola's approach to the subject is largely impartial; depending on the viewer, this can seem refreshing or off-putting. Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Watson is a revelation here as a brand-obsessed bad girl.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The Bling Ring is the cinematic equivalent of the vapid, superficial kids it features — all visual panache and minimal substance.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It’s fun while it lasts, but ultimately forgettable, kind of like the people they stole from.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Watching it, one gets the feeling that Coppola knows these vampiric types all too well. What unfolds feels like a cross between "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and "Natural Born Killers," and a film that is far more disapproving than glamorizing of the go-go-go Los Angeles lifestyle -- but fascinating nonetheless.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Kate Stables

    Sharp and shiny as the jewellery its twisted teens pilfer, Coppola’s cautionary tale eschews action for angsting about celeb- obsessed culture. Worth it just to hear Watson snarl “I wanna ROB!”

    Total Film Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    The final notes of irony and repudiation may be laboured and obvious, but this is an intriguingly intuitive and atmospheric movie.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The Bling Ring still feels more like a magazine article overstretched into a feature length film.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Coppola's movie has a sense of indie vitality, although the energy feels wasted by running in place.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Even though Coppola is one of our most compassionate storytellers, she can't bring herself to like these kids much. She's not cynical enough to turn this story into satire.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Sofia Coppola seems curiously unmotivated to bring full analysis or provocation to her themes, leaving the film feeling like a disappointingly toothless satire.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    It's the picture's lack of focus that eventually diminishes whatever little The Bling Ring has to say.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The point of the film is vacuous materialism, but the way these larcenous children return the camera's impassive gaze suggests that no one is home behind their beautiful faces and dead eyes.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The problem with The Bling Ring is that it feels as soulless as its young protagonists, and of course there’s little sympathy to be found either for the story’s über-rich victims like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Denby

    May be the most exquisitely crafted movie ever made about a bunch of nitwits. [10 & 17 June 2013, p. 110]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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