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To Die For Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    86

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film's most memorable performance is also its most incongruous: As Jimmy, the teen sap who falls hard for Suzanne, Joaquin Phoenix is dead-eyed yet touchingly vulnerable -- a mush-mouthed angel.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This movie is no masterpiece, but it is an electric, colorful production that roasts the media and those obsessed by it over an open flame.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Not since Tuesday Weld in "Pretty Poison" has an actress so played off her fresh-faced beauty for such pointed black-comic effect.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Kidman is superb at making Suzanne into someone who is not only stupid, vain and egomaniacal (we've seen that before) but also vulnerably human.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Kidman crafts a characterization of breathtakingly controlled artifice, dead-on timing, dizzyingly precise humor. Her part is a knockout--in every sense of the word. [6 Oct 1995]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Brilliant, satirical and dark; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is suitable only for older teenagers. The movie plays on a number of sexual and ethnic stereotypes and situations that require either parental guidance or an extraordinary sophistication in recognizing social and movie satire. There are a number of violent and sexually explicit scenes. An older woman seduces a teen with the intent of having him murder her husband. A man is killed while begging for his life. Teens verbally abuse each other. Drugs and alcohol are used without consequence. Parents should also know that although the film's treatment of sexual and violent situations is generally muted, a younger teenager is likely to miss the satiric thrust of the movie and remember the scenes of cruelty and psychological abuse.

  • Families can talk about the movie's treatment of fame and celebrity. What is it about our society that draws people like Suzanne to seek fame and celebrity? Parents may also want to discuss the film's student-teacher relationship. How does self-esteem play a role in Suzanne's manipulation of her accomplices? What would you do if a teacher acted in a similarly inappropriate manner?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Movie presents a world of characters with few goals and even fewer moral guideposts.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: A man is murdered while begging for his life.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A young man is sexually initiated by an older female authority figure. Sex is mentioned and shown without nudity.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong profanity, most of it uttered by teenagers.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some, generally muted and in the background. USA Today, Coca Cola, the rock band Whitesnake.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Pot smoking, several allusions to drinking and drug use by teenage characters.

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