December 10, 2023 | Rome, Italy

To Die For

By |2018-03-21T18:31:16+01:00June 22nd, 2005|Reviews|


Date: 1995

Director: Gus Van Sant

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoeniz


n recent years, the mature Nicole Kidman has emerged from her Cruising shadow to prove herself accomplished and dogged (“The Hours,” for example). Diligent in the extreme, almost ferocious, she’s recently been encouraged to put talent where beauty long resided. Few Hollywood women get the chance. This capricious bit of “early” Kidman, directed by Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hunting,” “Elephant”) from a Joyce Maynard novel, is a black delight. Kidman is Suzanne Stone Maretto, a small-town news babe determined to make it the local TV business. But climbing the ladder has its liabilities, including encumbering husband Larry (Matt Dillon). Few actresses get the chance to skate so glibly between femme fatale and comic caricature. Kidman is the sincerely vacuous American pin-up with ambition and road rage enough for four. A breakthrough for young Joaquin Phoenix. Pitch-perfect.

About the Author:

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.