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Crime Story

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, language in overwrought, confusing crime drama.

Movie R 2021 98 minutes
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Despite teaming up two Oscar-winning actors, Adam Lipsius' generically titled crime drama is an overwrought, often confusing assembly of twitchy camerawork and a relentless score. The first 10 minutes of Crime Story have an irritating quality, opening on a flash-forward to Ben in an ambulance, with woozy, out-of-focus cinematography accompanied by Ben's disorienting narration. The latter continues "12 hours earlier" as Ben prepares for his day. The scene somehow recalls the caffeinated rhythm of Uncut Gems, but less energizing; it's more like the end of a caffeine jag, accompanied by a sickly feeling and frayed nerves.

Crime Story continues like this as Dreyfuss and Sorvino act mightily, throwing lots of intensity into their scenes. Sometimes they're magnificent, but most of the time their performances feel unshaped or too strained. The story and its twists feel rather muted compared to the intensity of the scene-by-scene exchanges. There's no real suspense. Additionally, the camerawork frequently obscures certain details, and it's often difficult to even tell what's going on -- or what happened during a split-second moment. At least wonderful character actor Pruitt Taylor Vince is on hand, giving a quiet, touching performance among the chaos.

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