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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 78 out of 94
  2. Negative: 9 out of 94

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  1. 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 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.
  2. 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 boys, and like the girls
    its genius and haunting..
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
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  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    60
    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.
  2. An artful blend of '70s detail and dreamlike moodiness makes Coppola's first movie an exceptionally promising directorial debut.
  3. 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."