The Virgin Suicides
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A dark comedy punctuated by moments of drama, The Virgin Suicides explores the emotional underpinnings of a family starting to come apart at the seams in 1970's Midwestern America. The Lisbons seem like an ordinary enough family; Father (James Woods) teaches math at a high school in Michigan, Mother (Kathleen Turner) has a strong religious faith, and they have five teenage daughters, ranging from 13-year-old Cecilia (Hannah Hall) to 17-year-old Therese (Leslie Hayman). However, the Lisbon family's sense of normalcy is shattered when Cecilia falls into a deep depression and attempts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A surprisingly intricate struggle with absence, grief, and memory."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The tone of wistful regret and longing doesn't preclude a good deal of gentle humour. It's a restrained, subtly suggestive piece which disintegrates if you try to get a fix on it."
‑ , Time Out
"Intense, imperfect movie about teen suicide."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's yet another case of blame-the-parents, and, more precisely, blame-the-overprotective-mother."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A rather stunted and sliggish exercise in style whose sporadically haunting visual quality doesn't make up for its shallowness and ponderous pace."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Sofia Coppola tackles the issue of teenage suicide with an assured treatment in The Virgin Suicides, effectively employing a seriocomic tone."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"A disarmingly poetic - and specifically female - vision of adolescence that it belongs in a category of its own."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Sofia Coppola's compelling, ethereal fable about adolescent loss of innocence is claustrophobic and uncomfortable, but profoundly affecting and gently funny. "The Virgin Suicides" advises teen years are sometimes best remembered as a long-ago vacation."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"An assured feature debut, this darkly humorous exploration of a tough subject benefits from an original narrative and the fact that the appealing cast consists of actors who are the same age as the characters they play."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A stellar debut feature from Sofia Coppola and it's a must see."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"A very curious and eclectic piece of work."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A lovely, luminous dream."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman,
"Sofia Coppola's adaptation of Jeffery Eugenides' 1993 novel plays like a sweet, sad dream."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"The strongest directorial debut of the year."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Concentration on either the writing or the direction, but not both, may have spawned a better film from first-timer Sofia C."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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