Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. 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.
  2. 88
    It gets under your skin and into your head, and you don't want it to leave.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    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.
  4. 88
    (Coppola) has the courage to play it in a minor key.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    88
    It's quite funny, though not in a predictably irreverent way, and it moves along briskly - a little too briskly toward the end.
  6. 90
    A lovely, luminous dream.
  7. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    90
    Subtle, strange, off-putting, fascinating.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Jul 4, 2011
    10
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    the movie is supposed to make you feel unsatisfied and empty.
    viewers end up feeling exactly like the neighbourhood
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    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
    10
    In Sophia Coppola's directorial debut we are witness to a series of tragic events that take place in a quiet suburban neighborhood in theIn 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. Jan 7, 2015
    7
    I thought that the portrayal of the actions of the boys was honest because I could relate to it, and because if I was in their shoes, I wouldI thought that the portrayal of the actions of the boys was honest because I could relate to it, and because if I was in their shoes, I would have in the same way wanted to help the girls, in the same way would have been unable to do so, and in the same way would have done what I could. Full Review »