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The 2013 Cannes Review Report: 'The Bling Ring'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire May 16, 2013 at 8:13AM

The director of "Lost in Translation" is back with a new movie -- here's what the critics at Cannes are saying about it so far.
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The Cannes Review Report rounds up each day's notable premieres, along with a sampling of their reviews and tweets from the south of France. Here's the reaction to "The Bling Ring," director Sofia Coppola's true crime film about the teenagers who perpetrated a notorious series of robberies in Southern California.

"The Bling Ring"
Category: Un Certain Regard
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Emma Watson, Kirsten Dunst, Leslie Mann
Synopsis: "In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on the glamorous life, tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than 3 million in luxury goods from their homes. Their victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson, and the gang became known in the media as 'The Bling Ring.'"

Reviews:

Mark Adams, Screen Daily:

"An impressively mannered and vividly evocative delve into the glossily vacuous side of fame-obsessed Los Angeles."

Kaleem Aftab, The Independent:

"Coppola's regular cinematographer Harris Savides (who died shortly after principal photography completed) shoots Hilton's house like it's an episode of MTV's 'Cribs.'"

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian:

"An interesting surprise."

Cath Clarke, Time Out London:

"Easily Coppola's funniest film."

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph:

"Coppola's uproarious and bitingly timely film feels every inch a necessary artwork."

Scott Foundas, Variety:

"Though it lacks the name cast and self-consciously outre style of another recent girls-gone-wild opus, 'Spring Breakers,' this lively and fascinating pic should score well with its target hipster demo."

Graham Fuller, Vanity Fair:

"The girls make 'Spring Breakers'' minxes seem well adjusted."

David Jenkins, Little White Lies:

"Coppola's greatest coup here is making it look as if both robbers and victims are guilty of the same lack of control and discrimination."

Guy Lodge, HitFix:

"What's gratifyingly fresh about the film is Coppola's refusal to sentimentalize the kids' crimes as a form of starry-eyed celebrity desire."

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter:

"This is a too-cool-for-school portrait of spoiled kids achieving dubious but welcome fame for robbing the homes of young Hollywood celebrities. As such, it will attain a certain stature itself as a cultural artifact but without stirring significant interest artistically or commercially."

Matt Mueller, Thompson on Hollywood:

"Not a failure by any stretch, but Coppola should have been in her wheelhouse with this one so it’s a shame not to see her firing on more cylinders."

Tweets:

Alex BillingtonFirst Showing:

"The Bling Ring - Coppola's simplistic materialistic excess PSA. Hollow characters, amateur acting, useless story. Wasted potential. #cannes"

Mike D'Angelo, A.V. Club:

"The Bling Ring (Coppola): 32. Two words: Who cares?"

William Goss, MSN Movies:

"The Bling Ring: such an esp. damning tale of Generation TMZ as-is that Sofia Coppola hardly has to do much with it, and hardly does #Cannes"

Logan Hill, New York Times:

"Very inspired by Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring at Cannes. (Typing this on Leo DiCaprio's laptop! OMG.)"

Eric Kohn, Indiewire:

"BLING RING: Kinda silly, but also Coppola's funniest movie and ironically the last ostentatious of them. #cannes2013"

Matt Patches, Hollywood.com:

"The Bling Ring: Emma Watson is a riot, Israel Broussard's a find, and the damning of celeb culture is pointed. #Cannes2013"

Jonathan Romney, The Independent:

"THE BLING RING: shiny and hollow as the name suggests. #cannes2013"

Craig Skinner, Hey U Guys:

"THE BLING RING(D+) Good satire doesn't need character's explaining it in talking heads. Fun nonetheless but pretty thin & stylistically flat"

Nigel Smith, Indiewire:

"Emma Watson doesn't play the ring leader in The Bling Ring but she's the clear standout among the cast with the most to do. #cannes2013"

Neil Young, Jigsaw Lounge:

"BLING RING - what was evidently a non-event of a "news" story becomes a non-event of a movie. S.Coppola's still taken seriously by anyone?"

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival, The Review Report, The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola, Cannes Review Report


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