Feature

The Bling Ring

Rogue teens loot their idols’ homes.

Directed by Sofia Coppola
(R)

**

Sofia Coppola’s new fast-paced caper is “a decidedly less searching work” than she’s been known for, said Jon Frosch in TheAtlantic.com. Dramatizing a true story about a small gang of celebrity-obsessed teens who robbed the California homes of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, the writer-director has created a stylish film loaded with “snappy dialogue,” dark humor, and various “gorgeously choreographed” youth bacchanals. In “an amazing transformation,” Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame assumes a leadership role among the burglary crew by affecting the ugly arrogance of a conscienceless Valley Girl bully, said David Denby in The New Yorker. “Supremely confident” editing keeps the story moving, and Coppola uses her slight story to explore larger themes about the pitfalls of our fame-obsessed culture. If that was her intent, it escaped me, said Richard Corliss in Time. Coppola’s tone is so cool here that we never even sense why the gang was attracted to crime. If she wasn’t interested in plumbing their motives—let alone illuminating the story’s broader significance—“why’d she bother?”

Recommended

Internal report blames Johnson, senior leadership for lockdown parties
Boris Johnson
partygate

Internal report blames Johnson, senior leadership for lockdown parties

Biden's promise to defend Taiwan
President Biden.
Picture of Harold MaassHarold Maass

Biden's promise to defend Taiwan

No time to evacuate as Russian forces close in on a pair of Ukrainian cities
Ukrainian tank in Sievierodonetsk
encirclement in luhansk

No time to evacuate as Russian forces close in on a pair of Ukrainian cities

Would the U.S. really defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion?
President Biden and Xi Jinping.
Briefing

Would the U.S. really defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion?

Most Popular

Trump loses his grip on a Trumpified GOP
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Trump loses his grip on a Trumpified GOP

'Why are we willing to live with this carnage?'
Uvalde, Texas.
Briefing

'Why are we willing to live with this carnage?'

21 dead in shooting at Texas elementary school
A Texas State Police officer at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
tragedy strikes

21 dead in shooting at Texas elementary school