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The Poison Rose

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Boring, unoriginal thriller has violence, language, drugs.

Movie R 2019 138 minutes
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This unsuccessful attempt at modern noir is painfully stale, obviously plotted, and incredibly boring. Even as a simple crime mystery, The Poison Rose has little going for it, outside of a great cast on paper. So much of this drama feels cliched, done before, and laughably unaware of how derivative it is.

Right from the start, the main hero, Carson Phillips, declares that he has "always been a sucker for a beautiful woman and a sob story." As every line performed in this movie, each actor tries very hard to make each sentence sound cool or edgy or dramatic, but the dialogue is so often so ridiculously sophomoric that this entire project could've been extremely successful as a parody or satire with something to say. But instead, the film feels like when children play "dress up" and put on their parents' clothing and "go to work" or "have a meeting."

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