Crime + Punishment in Suburbia
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Recalling both The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and American Beauty (1999), this teen drama recounts the trials and tribulations of one very dysfunctional family. Roseanne Skolnik (Monica Keena) is a popular high school student who is dating Jimmy (James DeBello), the football captain. She also lives in a family where her embittered mother Maggie (Ellen Barkin) is plotting to murder Roseanne's violent drunken stepfather Fred (Michael Ironside). After a smashed Fred rapes her, Roseanne starts plotting her stepfather's demise too. She ropes her boyfriend into doing the deed, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What should be the heart of the movie (the interior lives of the mother and daughter at the tale's center) is instead a dud; the female characters are barely drawn at all."
‑ Ernest Hardy,
"The kind of movie that lives and breathes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This self-satisfied waste of space, care of flashy new filmmaker Rob Schmidt, manages to be even more insipid than the overrated American Beauty, if that were possible."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A pretentious mess."
‑ Bill Pearis, Citysearch
"Not faithful enough to be an adaptation, too misguided to be considered an interpretation, and not funny enough to be a parody, this film would do well not to advertise its inspiration. It only makes it look sillier."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"An arty, brain-dead celebration of beautiful losers."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"The best thing that can be said about Rob Schmidt's Crime and Punishment in Suburbia -- aside from the fact that it's over in less than two hours -- is that it doesn't glorify violence committed by sexy teens."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"This is one twisted pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"To sum up in Raskolnikov's own words, 'Generally, there are remarkably few people born who have a new thought, who are capable, if only slightly, of saying anything new.'"
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"An intense coming-of-age think-piece."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Far from the head-banging alternative to teen movies the filmmakers intended -- it's more like a self-important Poison Ivy sequel."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz
"Director Rob Schmidt photographs the action in that visually clichéd, MTV-influenced manner now de rigeur in much of independent cinema."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"A story so stupid and contrived that old Dostoyevsky might have somersaulted in his grave by now."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"Watch this movie instead of reading Dostoyevsky's novel, and you'll still fail the exam. This movie fails, too."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"The younger actors ... are full of small, poignant surprises."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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