The Bling Ring

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 12, 2013
    91
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jun 12, 2013
    83
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 16, 2013
    80
    Coppola’s uproarious and bitingly timely film feels every inch a necessary artwork.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 14, 2013
    67
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 13, 2013
    63
    The Bling Ring is the cinematic equivalent of the vapid, superficial kids it features — all visual panache and minimal substance.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 16, 2013
    60
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 13, 2013
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 51
  2. Negative: 11 out of 51
  1. Jul 11, 2013
    10
    The Bling Ring is first rate, enjoyable and absorbing movie that is thought provoking, clever and fascinating, with good performances andThe Bling Ring is first rate, enjoyable and absorbing movie that is thought provoking, clever and fascinating, with good performances and great plot that should be given a shot. It is beautifully crafted and unique in style, with riveting direction (Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation), and a charming photography. By far, it is is one of the best movies 2013. Expand
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    10
    The filme was sooooooooooooo cool. All the parties, the thefts, every thing was showed how was to be. The acting was great, but Emma WatsonThe filme was sooooooooooooo cool. All the parties, the thefts, every thing was showed how was to be. The acting was great, but Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga was the great in this movie with the good soundtrack. Expand
  3. Sep 29, 2013
    8
    the bling ring is an amazing film. i loved every thing about it. it was very well written. the acting was okay but not great. the bling ringthe bling ring is an amazing film. i loved every thing about it. it was very well written. the acting was okay but not great. the bling ring is more of a teen movie but adults will probably like it too. if you like clothes and shopping then you will love this movie. Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2013
    7
    "The Bling Ring" is an interesting film. It delves into our internet celebrity obsessed culture. How we pay more attention to the hottest"The Bling Ring" is an interesting film. It delves into our internet celebrity obsessed culture. How we pay more attention to the hottest gossip as apposed to what really matter. The social commentary part of the script is actually quite intelligent. However, there is one downside, the dialogue is kinda “meh." It’s either unnatural or kind of forced.

    Sofia Coppola’s direction is pretty good. She gets some interesting shots and really cool slow pans that let us absorb the ambiance. However, at times there is a home movie feel. The soundtrack is filled with energy and enhances the movie to a good enjoyable time. There’s a lot of modern music and it adds a nice effect to the tone that the film is trying to set.

    The characters are interesting and have depth behind them, but the film never delves into the psyche of the characters. Acting on the other hand is really hit or miss. Emma Watson as Nikki, an up and coming bimbo actress, is probably the best acted. Her character really shows how even with a great upbringing, stupidity and surrounding yourself with not so great people can bring you down. Israel Broussard is also pretty good in this film as he becomes the relatable character. He is just as bad as everyone else, but he realizes what he’s doing is bad. Katie Chang is not that great. She usually talks really soft and some of her line delivery is unconvincing. The other actors are okay as some of the lines are cringe worthy, but as the movie progresses they do get better though.

    Overall, “The Bling Ring" is a solid movie that is entertaining. The high energy really keeps your interest and their is some intelligence to the script. The dialogue is pretty lame and some of the acting can be cringe-worthy. I give it a high 3.5/5, entertaining with high energy and interesting premise, but stronger performances and better dialogue could have made it something special.
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  5. 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. BasedDirector 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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  6. 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 fellI 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.
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  7. Nov 1, 2013
    0
    Muy trillada Bostezaba esperando el final con ansias .
    Es necesaria la sobre exposición de Emma Watson por el simple hecho de ser EMMA
    Muy trillada Bostezaba esperando el final con ansias .
    Es necesaria la sobre exposición de Emma Watson por el simple hecho de ser EMMA WATSON?
    Ni siquiera se desarrolla la historia de otros personajes principales.
    La dirección de Sofia Coppola es bastante pobre, nada para acotar. No merece ser vista en el cine
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