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November Criminals

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Forgettable, wishy-washy teen crime movie.

Movie PG-13 2017 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Not worth it

The preview was better than the movie. The main characters talk about sex in a casual way, the girl wanting to get rid of her virginity before going to college. For our family these aren't messages we're wanting to expose our 12 and 14 year old boys too. The summary also doesn't give full clarification on the drug use and violence which ends up being a big part of the movie. It also ends with a poor closure to the story I thought. We wished we hadn't seen it.
age 11+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

It's not terrible, and the characters are likable, but, much like its vague title, this teen crime thriller, which also has elements of comedy and romance, never finds its center or its voice. Elgort (fresh from Baby Driver) and Moretz make a great, smart movie couple, and their scenes together are quite nice; their talk is honest and sweet. And, as their single parents, Strathairn and Keener are nicely sympathetic. But these scenes don't mesh with the serious accounts of murder and drug dealing that follow.

Director Sacha Gervasi, who made the great documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil and the entertaining biopic Hitchcock, seems to have lost his way; he never establishes a firm or confident tone. The crime scenes are wishy-washy and hold back from true danger but are just dark enough to sour the movie's otherwise light tone. Scenes of teens involved with drugs are treated matter-of-factly and without concern, and crucial, visual moments occur offscreen; it's almost numbing. Eventually, November Criminals just evaporates, less diverting than it is disposable.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 8, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: January 9, 2018
  • Cast: Ansel Elgort , Chloe Grace Moretz , David Strathairn
  • Director: Sacha Gervasi
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors
  • Studio: Vertical Entertainment
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 85 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: mature thematic content including teen sexuality, drug material, brief violence and strong language
  • Last updated: December 2, 2022

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