Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    It's hard to remember a film that mixes disparate, delicate ingredients with the subtlety and virtuosity of Sofia Coppola's brilliant The Virgin Suicides.
  2. 91
    Possesses a tone that wobbles masterfully between whimsy, dread, affection and horror, building on rich performances and an understated showiness to cast a queer and tingly spell.
  3. 90
    (Coppola) connects with the essential purity of Eugenides' story, stripping it down to its bare essentials and cutting straight to everything that's wonderful about it.
  4. 90
    A lovely, luminous dream.
  5. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Subtle, strange, off-putting, fascinating.
  6. 89
    In an astonishingly assured film debut, Coppola captures the poetry and sweetness of Eugenides' novel without allowing any of the standard rites of passage -- first dates, high-school dances -- to feel trite.
  7. 88
    (Coppola) has the courage to play it in a minor key.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    It's quite funny, though not in a predictably irreverent way, and it moves along briskly - a little too briskly toward the end.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    From start to finish there's a shimmer of discovery about it - our discovery of it, Coppola's discovery of how much she can do.
  10. 88
    It gets under your skin and into your head, and you don't want it to leave.
  11. 80
    Coppola gives Suicides a haunted quality that is undeniably affecting, a feeling intensified by a wonderfully funny and touching Dunst.
  12. 80
    Coppola looks beyond the seductive metaphysical puzzle and locates the core of Eugenides's allegory in an obsessive, almost forensic act of remembering, both futile and inexplicably essential.
  13. (Coppola) understands the crisp, oblique horror and wistfulness of Eugenides' narrative, plunking down five enchanting princesses into an environment that is anything but magical.
  14. An artful blend of '70s detail and dreamlike moodiness makes Coppola's first movie an exceptionally promising directorial debut.
  15. Has a great deal of empathy for that excruciating limbo that is female adolescence.
  16. There's a melancholy sweetness here, a gentle humor that speaks to the angst and awkwardness of girls turning into women, and the awe of boys watching the transformation from afar.
  17. Coppola infuses her movie with a dreamy poetic tone, and deftly translates the essential metaphors of youth, sexuality and death without sacrificing an earthy humor.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    In contrast to big-screen bummers we see every week, this movie conveys genuine sorrow.
  19. Successfully venturesome, but you need to know that it's also a real downer.
  20. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Humor prevails throughout, but it doesn't deflate the disturbing elements of the tale, which miraculously manages to stay droll, heartfelt and poignant to the end.
  21. A very curious and eclectic piece of work--fresh even when it's awkward.
  22. Glum and preposterous -- an operatically stilted adolescent martyr fantasy -- and yet, as staged by Coppola, it's well worth seeing.
  23. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The soundtrack (Heart, ELO, Todd Rundgren, and an original score by the French duo Air) is spot-on and the costume design (pukka shells and knee-socks) is hideously accurate.
  24. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    One major inappropriate casting decision (Kirsten Dunst, who's made a solid leap to young adulthood in "Dick" and "Drop Dead Gorgeous" is cast as 14-year-old Lux?) and an underdeveloped motive for the girls' self-demise left me unaffected.
  25. Except perhaps for Lux, who, like The Virgin Suicides itself, is a hothouse flower perishing for want of sunshine and fresh air.
  26. While not exactly a cop-out, Virgin may leave some viewers who crave traditional closure with the same hollow ache described by the narrator as follows: "What lingered after them was not life but the most trivial list of mundane facts."
  27. While young Coppola is a pro with her camera, she'd be wise to brush up on her storytelling skills.
  28. 57
    A detective story without a solution and a coming-of-ager without discernable characters.
  29. 50
    Sofia Coppola, who's directed the film from her own screenplay, narrowly misses making the story work on the screen.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Jul 4, 2011
    the movie is supposed to make you feel unsatisfied and empty.
    viewers end up feeling exactly like the neighbourhood
    boys, and like the girls
    its genius and haunting..
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  2. Jan 27, 2012
    In Sophia Coppola's directorial debut we are witness to a series of tragic events that take place in a quiet suburban neighborhood in the 1970s. Based on the spectacular book by Jeffrey Eugenides, and featuring the music of Air, this movie is perfection. It is a hauntingly beautiful depiction of young love and the pains of shattered expectations. Full Review »
  3. Feb 23, 2014
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, tuvo drama."The Virgin Suicides" es una pelicula confusa, rara y dificil de entender, con misterios y un argumento extra├▒o, eso la hace una buena pelicula. Full Review »