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To Die For

1995
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 46m
Structured in a documentary style, the film focuses on the life of a woman (Kidman) obsessed with the dream of becoming a media personality. (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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To Die For

1995
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 46m
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Rated 05 Dec 2019
70
65th
Kidman is wickedly attractive and lesser brothers Phoenix and Affleck are so young! Pretty accessible for Van Sant while still feeling very much a part of his oeuvre. Who amongst us hasn't fantasized about killing Matt Dillon?
Rated 08 Oct 2021
77
53rd
This picture was so on the nose that it came out the same week the OJ Simpson trial ended. And that made its darkly comic take on how the media turned real life crimes into soap operas hit harder. Gus Van Sant does his usual art school experimentation in a mainstream movie--this time via mockumentary and talk show clips. But this is Nicole Kidman's film as she gives one of my favorite movie star performances of all time. Even with an ending that comes out of left field, this is recommended.
Rated 16 Mar 2010
6
62nd
This is a fairly run-of-the-mill black comedy / satire, with the added twist of it being told documentary style (which works well) and the good performance from Nicole Kidman. It's almost a love / hate affair that she has with the audience, she's definitely gorgeous & has a seductive charm, but she's rotten to the core and highly neurotic and single minded. Parts of this are fairly disturbing, more so because it's a mostly believable reflection of the modern day obsession with fame & notoriety.
Rated 10 Oct 2021
63
54th
Satires of American media and the desire for celebrity were quite typical in the 90s, and To Die For lacks the nerve and aesthetic ambition of Natural Born Killers, which stands out today as the definitive work of that decade on that subject, regardless of flaws. It lives on Kidman's darkly humourous portrayal of a ruthless, fame seeking vamp, and it is her best performance along with the one in Dogville.
Rated 04 Nov 2018
91
84th
I greatly enjoyed this in spite of the fact that I don't think Nichole Kidman was a good choice for the lead role. Van Sant did something he never does by not casting the right lead. He turned down Jodie Foster, Holly Hunter, Melanie Griffith, and Michelle Pfeiffer before ultimately choosing Meg Ryan (which I also don't understand), but then she obviously turned it down too. Van Sant is master of filmmaking though and doesn't need to rely too heavily on acting to make a great film, which this is
Rated 07 Jul 2021
75
83rd
This film didn't miss a beat in maintaining my interest. Nicole Kidman attractive with delightfully colorful outfits. Great troubled kids and manager Wayne Knight. Great shots that show, not tell, including her fate when they go around the corner. Her motives were never fleshed out (though we go against trope and see Dillon isn't horrible to her) and many plot points were predictable. Fav scene: going outside to the reporters after her husband died to finally get her spotlight with her doggie.
Rated 21 Mar 2009
7
68th
Pretty good satire. Some parts were bleh but I enjoyed watching most of it. Kidman gives a good performance as does Joaquin Phoenix - the guy has got some serious range. Also, Nicole Kidman is SMOKIN hot in this film. Seriously beautiful.
Rated 29 Aug 2021
50
35th
Thought it wasn’t very interesting. I just think there are so many better portrayals of psychopaths in film. I also didn’t enjoy the documentary style filming used some.
Rated 24 Apr 2012
15
10th
If I were an anarchist I would have probably been writing: "Fuck Society" or something like this. Luckily, I'm not interested in politics.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
85
85th
Extremely funny satire that's endlessly entertaining due to Kidman at near-best and Van Sant.
Rated 02 May 2010
70
76th
Good Movie
Rated 15 Aug 2013
70
48th
A decent movie that suffers from the same fault as a lot of "psycopath tales" of the previous century, American Psycho namely. Which is that it's kind of hard to sense any sort of progression or "descent" in the character when they start out the story, or at least narrating the story, from a point where they have already completely lost their shit and started chewing the scenery (or recording booth) like it's a piece of gum. Worth one viewing for curiosity.
Rated 02 Oct 2021
80
75th
My brain couldn't process Matt Dillon playing a non-sleazebag. Nicole Kidman is so good in this. Also, Joaquin Phoenix really had to grow into his face.
Rated 10 Oct 2010
69
73rd
One of if not the best Kidman performance.
Rated 11 Jun 2012
80
61st
Nicole Kidman has made about 80 movies. I only remember 3: Dead Calm (nice thriller), The Others (great ghost story), and this movie, which is probably the best performance of her career. She interprets the real-life character as a cross between The House Bunny and Hannibal Lecter. Add in Joaquin Phoenix in full-on creep mode, and you've got a winner.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
52nd
Nicole Kidman is way too hot for Matt Dillon. Glad she had him killed.
Rated 16 Dec 2017
70
41st
Pretty good for the most part, especially acting-wise. Kidman's frustrated mannerisms are great; I loved the interview scene with Wayne Knight. (The shaky American accent goes without saying.) Loved Illeana Douglas, though she was badly underutilised (and don't tease me with a character's lesbianism, Gus, you'll just make me want the rest of the movie to be about her). And there's ultimately an emptiness to it that frustrated me. Character motivations and arcs are unclear and unsatisfying.
Rated 23 Jul 2013
80
37th
This is Nicole Kidman's best performance. It plays to all her strengths so she ends up being absolutely fantastic. Otherwise, I don't know how much there is here to recommend. Cool David Cronenberg cameo.
Rated 09 Oct 2011
70
40th
Pretty good comedy/satire. I think the filmmakers accomplished what they wanted to with the movie but, at times, it felt a little over-the-top; I would've preferred something more realistic/less goofy, I think. Nicole Kidman gets a very plum role here though for her star-marking turn.
Rated 10 Jul 2018
40
11th
Nicole Kidman is great (as is some of the supporting cast), but the film has very few decent laughs, resulting in a surprisingly boring dark comedy.
Rated 18 Dec 2018
70
46th
TO DIE FOR's satire of a media culture that prizes fame at any cost hasn't aged perfectly, as there are better examples of faux documentaries and sudsy female-driven thrillers. But that's also another way of saying that reality has become more outlandish in ways the filmmakers couldn't have predicted. Nicole Kidman sinks her teeth into her role as a Type-A nightmare whose inability to feel discouraged is a credit to her persistence, as well as her utter lack of shame and empathy.
Rated 05 Mar 2023
55
62nd
Having a widow place a boom box playing "All by Myself" on her husband's casket with dozens of onlookers is peak hilarity. Excellent Elfman/punk/psychotic score. Good performances all around, but the standouts are Kidman and Phoenix of course. The style is fresh, the overall story less so. I'm not sure where the descent to murder comes from exactly.
Rated 26 Sep 2008
80
84th
The best thing Nicole kidman's done, EVER
Rated 01 Mar 2007
60
62nd
Great film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
43
30th
There is something vulgar about the plot.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
70
57th
When it first came out, I was creeped out and I felt conflicted (i was 13). How could someone so hot be so evil?
Rated 11 Jan 2018
81
80th
This and Birth are the best movies and best performances of Nicole Kidman. No, I will not argue with you about this.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
45th
First time I realized she could act...a very funny take on "blonde anchors" and the evening news...not a bad movie...
Rated 22 Dec 2011
84
88th
Nicole Kidman gives by far the best performance of her career. The supporting cast is good as well in this film. A great story about how some people will do anything to get what they want.
Rated 25 Apr 2013
8
80th
Kidman and Phoenix are really good in this.
Rated 10 Mar 2012
85
91st
I loved this movie. Kidman was great as a cold, manipulative woman, and I thought Joaquin Phoenix did a good job. I loved the film structure, and I thought Van Sant did a great job. The David Cronenberg cameo was also awesome. The whole film worked great for me.
Rated 12 Mar 2023
61
64th
Kidman's best performance and Phoenix's talent is already evident here. Not the most interesting script though.
Rated 29 Jun 2022
80
54th
Ambitious, emotionally solid tone and the film right before the big one
Rated 26 Dec 2010
84
77th
84.125
Rated 30 Jun 2016
67
89th
#16#, rw3, liked, Nicole.K/10a5, rewatch(3) }**{ #90s#, story, cast
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
52nd
Don't really remember that much about it except, sorta funny. Plus Nicole Kidman in her prime.
Rated 04 Aug 2012
75
44th
Kidman stars as a woman sharply attuned to her own needs and dreams, projecting herself into the role of a ruthless seductress feeding a young mans' sexual and emotional attachments while simultaneously furthering her own and crude and insidious interests. The mockumentary framework worked surprisingly well despite its porously allotted pattern. An otherwise traditional drama that engaged rather unconventional elements in the vein of the dark humor elicited from a "black-widow" archetype.
Rated 30 Mar 2024
84
77th
Very '90s concept that I've seen explored quite a few times before. But this is so expertly done, with every department of the filmmaking so slick, it can't help but be very entertaining. A story that's well told and well directed, with the plot points towards the end getting more and more satisfying. Plus, I'll never forget the scene where Kidman dances in the rain.
Rated 09 Aug 2018
70
57th
tarzın hikayeye verdiği şekle canlı canlı tanık olmak şaşırtıcı geliyor. vasat bir suç/gerilim hikayesinin zaman zaman sıkıcılaşsa dahi kolpa belgesel formatıyla anlatılması bir yana, hikayenin "hafifleştirilmesi" ile ortaya çıkan seyirlik eleştiriyi daha fazla vurguluyor -ki filmin kalıcılığını sağlayan başat faktör de bu olsa gerek.
Rated 02 Dec 2023
68
33rd
Kidman’s superb, frightening ice queen performance can’t be faulted (is she inventing the “renaissance” meme here?), and the supporting performances, especially Knight and Douglas, are mostly on-the-money, but the central narrative, and how Kidman’s relationship with Phoenix and Folland leads to sex and murder, makes absolutely no sense (at least how they’re presented here), leaving it to plod rather than escalate to its ironic finale (and a minor genius move in the casting of Cronenberg).
Rated 25 May 2024
5
88th
Such a good movie!
Rated 14 Aug 2023
83
80th
This isn't highly thought of, but I found it a very interesting take on the erotic thriller genre with very strong performances from Kidman and Phoenix especially. It's often presented documentary-like and Kidman's character is often very darkly funny. Very good stuff--underrated.
Rated 28 Mar 2020
81
18th
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Rated 07 Oct 2013
80
64th
80.000
Rated 06 Jan 2018
60
25th
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
66th
Nicole Kidman actually pulls off creepy in this movie, which really is a cinematic feat in and of itself.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
76th
Nicole Kidman is absolutely seductive in this film in a wickedly taboo way. I wanted to hate her so much, but yet I was so attracted to her deviously insane character!
Rated 16 Dec 2010
8
5th
One of the worst films I have ever seen. It was a cheap mockumentary and completely pathetic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
11th
I know this got a lot of critical acclaim, but it just made me feel dirty watching it. And, not in a good way.
Rated 06 Jul 2010
64
59th
Certainly amusing, and the mockumentary style in which it is directed is well executed. The obsession within a woman's heart for fame, the hungry ambition and the cold-blooded ways with which she is willing to achieve her goals surround the protagonist who, through the means of ruthless seduction, pursues her frantic, neurotic dreams. Nicole Kidman's performance is to be highly appraised.
Rated 28 Feb 2007
75
63rd
Excellent satire on obsession and the hunger for fame. The mockumentary style works perfectly.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
64
41st
* Casting, Acting : 7 * Script : 5 * Directing, Aura : 7 * Ease of Viewing : 7 * Naked Eye : 6
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
58th
Typical Van-Sant. Not to my taste. One great scene.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
12th
great satire
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
72nd
A brilliant satire about ruthless ambition (in the same vein as "Election") of a small town weather girl played cunningly by Nicole Kidman (arguably still her best performance). Kidman gets good support from Joaquin Phoenix who plays a teenager manipulated by Kidman's character.
Rated 16 Dec 2010
2
14th
Sort of interesting; I accidentally watched it; but it sucked!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
61st
I"m sure I wasn't the only one who was leaning over in that one scene...
Rated 26 Aug 2007
15
7th
I just didn't get it. Acting was awful too.
Rated 27 Mar 2008
76
59th
The first---and last--time I could state I just saw a great Nicole Kidman performance
Rated 22 Aug 2007
80
80th
Very good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
Brilliant satire - everything works in this movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
73rd
Acidic media satire that occasionally veers towards the obvious but features a great turn by Nicole Kidman.
Rated 15 Aug 2008
1
2nd
I've forgotten the whole movie except the part where Nicole Kidman is talking about Mikhail Gorbachev's birthmark - definately a highlight of this dismal movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
0th
Very crap-tastic.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
74
80th
ni ni nic
Rated 21 Jun 2008
86
91st
Nicole Kidman's performance is a revelation: nothing in Mrs. Cruise's previous work prepared me for this... I had just assumed she kept getting parts because of her deal with the devil. Boy, was I surprised! And although she's had a couple of great roles since, this is her best work to date.

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