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Crime Diaries: The Celebrity Stylist

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Uninspired true crime tale has some violence, language.

Movie NR 2023 71 minutes
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This is a flat rendering of a sensationalized true crime story loosely based on real events. In Crime Diaries: The Celebrity Stylist the killer is all but revealed less than halfway through the first act. This formula of working backwards from knowing who the killer is early on works for, say, Columbo or Poker Face, but there's nothing particularly clever about what happened, and not a lot to uncover.

So the murders aren't solved through brilliant deduction or plot twists, but through hard work (and forensics). There's a barely developed side story involving the lead character, Rebeca, as a career-driven detective trying to succeed in a patriarchal power structure, but, like the main story, it doesn't feel fully developed or engaging. The whole thing, true or not, comes across as uninspired.

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