An American Crime
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The true story of a young girl held captive by her insane caretaker comes to life in this disturbing film from Ella Enchanted director Tommy O'Haver. Hard Candy's Ellen Page stars as Sylvia Likens a teenager who, along with her sister, is left to live temporarily with seemigly-mild-mannered housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, played by Catherine Keener. Unfortunately for Sylvia, Gertrude soon snaps and holds her hostage in harsh conditions until the former's eventual death. Bradley Whitford costars as the prosecutor tasked with trying the case against Baniszewski.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tragic tale of child abuse fails to make any sense of the crime."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Um projeto que encara a desgraça alheia como mero trampolim para o entretenimento."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Gut wrenching performances, a well structured narrative, and a great cast makes "An American Crime" one of the finer movies to depict one of the most gruesome travesties of the twentieth century..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"(Catherine) Keener, always a versatile actress, takes on the challenge of portraying perhaps one of the most unlikable villains in the history of true crime, and tries to find the humanity buried somewhere within her."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
"Not even the considerable talents of lead thesps Catherine Keener and Ellen Page can alleviate the artistic nullity that is An American Crime."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If Eli Roth were to direct a Lifetime movie, it might look something like An American Crime."
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"A misfire and the most problematic film at Sundance, this fact-based tale of child abuse is disturbing, appalling, and voyeuristic due to poor conception and execution by writer-director O'Haver who ironically has been wanting to make it for 20 years."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The real high point of this film is Catherine Keener's captivating performance in the role of the troubled and possessive Gertie, vacillating between disturbingly abusive and imploringly sympathetic the way only a truly manipulative psychopath really can."
‑ Sally Foster, Film Threat
"By instead focusing more on the character of Gertrude Baniszewski, the film relegates Sylvia Likens to a cypher with no real identity - she's simply a vessel for abuse."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"i katalytika akadimaiki eksistorisi toy, poy problimatizei me tin idiazoysa sadistiki tis hroia stin parathesi sokaristikon skinon bias dihos peraitero diereynisi toys, afinei to myalo soy na kykloforei kai na kanei syndeseis mono toy, me ton idio tropo p"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"What purpose does this film serve? I have watched it, and I have contemplated it, and I can come up with no good reason for it to exist."
‑ Eric D. Snider, eFilmCritic.com
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