The Bling Ring

  • Studio: A24
  • Release Date: Jun 14, 2013
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 176
  2. Negative: 29 out of 176
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  1. Nov 13, 2014
    6
    "The Bling Ring" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Entertaining and fun, the film is a solid case study on people's obsession with celebrities. Emma Watson is really coming into her own with a wide variety of roles and in "The Bling Ring" she is so easy to hate, pity, and sometimes laugh at. The Bad: Beyond Watson, the rest of the cast is largely one dimensional and
    "The Bling Ring" 10 Scale Rating: 6.0 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Entertaining and fun, the film is a solid case study on people's obsession with celebrities. Emma Watson is really coming into her own with a wide variety of roles and in "The Bling Ring" she is so easy to hate, pity, and sometimes laugh at.

    The Bad: Beyond Watson, the rest of the cast is largely one dimensional and uninteresting. It's a shall story and you know that going in, but that aspect wears thin about 30 minutes in.
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  2. Jul 5, 2014
    4
    i thought that this movie was not that well thought out...the ending was not good at all,and there were some parts that were very boring to watch...like when we are just watching them rob a house by just staring at the outside of a house and watching them in fast speed. i did not really like it.
  3. Mar 6, 2014
    5
    The Bling Ring is a film with an informative content and interesting to watch; the problem is just that it could've so easily been told in a short film. Almost every single scene that isn't a montage considerably exceeds its needed length, and as the dialogue strictly (bar Leslie Mann) consists out of teenagers' gossip and prattle and only is worth listening to, to find out that EmmaThe Bling Ring is a film with an informative content and interesting to watch; the problem is just that it could've so easily been told in a short film. Almost every single scene that isn't a montage considerably exceeds its needed length, and as the dialogue strictly (bar Leslie Mann) consists out of teenagers' gossip and prattle and only is worth listening to, to find out that Emma Watson can sport a West Coast accent rather well, there's boredom arising quite frequently. Since pros for watching the film more than once are virtually non- existent and skipping it won't be regarded as a gap in cinematic education by anyone, The Bling Ring is Sofia Coppola's worst film. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2014
    6
    This movie was based on the series of actual crime committed by the teenagers of the California. It was a quite nice black comedy than I thought. But many people did not like it, maybe because of satirical presentation which was more like a documentary style than typical. Music was another drawback, actually there were no background score except those disco musics that come very often.This movie was based on the series of actual crime committed by the teenagers of the California. It was a quite nice black comedy than I thought. But many people did not like it, maybe because of satirical presentation which was more like a documentary style than typical. Music was another drawback, actually there were no background score except those disco musics that come very often.

    I have not seen the television version movie of this story of same name. But Sofia Coppolo was successful making an another movie about female oriented subject. For me the surprise was the characters and their behaviours, especially I was thinking the real ones not from the movie. They were aware of what they are doing even the consequences, but they did not care any of that. At some moment it looked like a kids play without any seriousness of life.

    Glad this movie was made and I saw because newspapers from other than this region of the world won't quote about it. So people might miss something like this about their favourite Hollywood celebrities who encounter in reality. Again, this movie is not for everyone, probably if you from outside United States you may like it. Only by a small margin as a movie that's based on the real events.
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  5. Jan 9, 2014
    4
    I think it was a good story for a great script, but only showed a film without a body and a very poor soul really bored, my girlfriend fell asleep.
    In addition to a low level of performance, I think Sofia Coppola really bad set its course with this film, the trailer caught my attention but as are disappointed.
  6. Dec 6, 2013
    6
    Interesting story, feels like its trying a little too hard to earn cred with critics, does depict the voyeuristic nature of facebook and social media in general.
  7. Dec 3, 2013
    4
    It seems that director Sofia Coppola was trying to recreate the magic of Lost in Translation. The attempts are obvious in the quiet, ambient scenes. But she fails to accomplish this. And the result is a mostly boring movie that, with the exception of the last 15 minutes, doesn't really help you to understand these characters.
  8. Oct 19, 2013
    6
    I find this movie really hard to rate. The characters just made me feel disgusted. I can't believe that these people needed to act this way. This movie was done well otherwise. The hard part was that you couldn't connect with the characters or care what happened to them. It was a good movie but one time only.
  9. Oct 6, 2013
    6
    Director Sofia Coppola had the right idea when she decided to make a film about the undue influence that Hollywood has on adolescents. Based on a true story, a group of fairly well-off but troubled teenagers yearn for the designer clothes that are being shown off on the red carpets by their celebrity idols, who are too often undereducated and overprivileged, and who have risen to fame on aDirector Sofia Coppola had the right idea when she decided to make a film about the undue influence that Hollywood has on adolescents. Based on a true story, a group of fairly well-off but troubled teenagers yearn for the designer clothes that are being shown off on the red carpets by their celebrity idols, who are too often undereducated and overprivileged, and who have risen to fame on a small amount of talent and even less intelligence. The group decides that the best way to fulfill their insane need for consumerism is to simply find out where some of the coolest, and stupidest, celebrities live and then just walk in and take what they want from closets that are like treasure chests filled with clothes, jewelry, purses, and shoes, not to mention narcotics and loose cash. Although this plan sounds naive and implausible, it turns out that many celebrities have so many sliding doors in their homes, they could not possibly be asked to keep them all locked. Paris Hilton wins the prize for accessibility--she keeps a set a keys under her font doormat.

    However fascinating it is to see how the lives of a small group of teenagers are affected by these bad influences, Coppola ends up filming repetitive sequences of one break-in after another that leads these reckless teens nowhere. Within an hour of the film’s denouement, the viewer starts to get annoyed that both sides of this criminal activity are filled with individuals who are over the top, and the film unfortunately starts to get boring. Between the outrageously shallow values of the silly, misguided teenagers and those of the silly, misguided celebrities, it’s hard to tell the difference between the criminals and the victims of the crime. They all need help, and the viewer does not know which side to feel sorry for. (This is not really Coppola’s fault; the film is an honest assessment, but it still makes the film hard to watch--indeed, the corruption of youth plays like a horror film.) A case in point is that at the end, one of the teenaged criminals ends up serving time with Lindsay Lohan, who was one of the gang’s victims, a scenario that apparently played itself out in real life.

    Beyond the naive logic and foolishness of the child criminals, we have to examine what is at stake at the heart of this issue. The treasure in this film, the prize that is sought and won, is every designer dress, bauble, lipstick, purse, and pair of shoes that every teenaged girl has ever dreamed of. And what Coppola hits home to us very nicely is not just how superficial the Holy Grail of fashion has become, but how undeniably dreadful it all looks. The designer dresses are ostentatious; the designer shoes are just plain ugly and might qualify as lethal weapons; the baubles are gaudy and unseemly. These wardrobes could not possibly be worn by the celebrities we admire; if so, our heroes are all vulgarians.

    So what has gone awry here? Too many people amassing too much money, more money than any individual knows what to do with, despite the excuse of “they work hard.” It is a problem that leads the rich and the irresponsible to set a bad example for youth and just about everyone else. When you have too much money, you just want to shop, shop, and shop, and apparently party, drink, and do drugs. Consumerism is a form of mental illness. The solution is clear. The rich have to be taxed, and the taxes have to be poured into subsidized health care, subsidized university education, and subsidized nursing homes.

    This film makes the solution to the problem so sickeningly clear that even the head of the Tea Party will convert to socialism after watching it.
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  10. Sep 28, 2013
    4
    This film just bored me with characters I didn't care much about. The film is well made and the acting is good, but the story is just not interesting and overall you don't really care. C
  11. Sep 6, 2013
    6
    It is most certainly entertaining watching wannabe celebrities crash and burn. The characters are misunderstood and unexamined, but the surface of this story was interesting enough as it was. It also manages to be quite amusing at times.
  12. Aug 30, 2013
    6
    Bling Ring is not a masters piece but it's quite entertaining. Sofia Coppola manages to explore not only a story than it is based on true events, but also can shows us the reality of a society that aspires too much.
  13. Jun 22, 2013
    5
    The movie was passable entertainment for the evening but left the viewer with a mildly sour taste about the depth of character in the story and the acting. An interesting subject matter to tackle but not one of Sophia Coppola's best efforts.
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Jul 2, 2013
    80
    This is easily Coppola’s funniest film. Leslie Mann is hilarious as Nicki’s phony spiritual mum.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Jul 1, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 21, 2013
    63
    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.