Life Of Crime
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Based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch," LIFE OF CRIME is a dark caper comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. The wife (JENNIFER ANISTON) of a corrupt real estate developer (TIM ROBBINS) is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and JOHN HAWKES), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"An amiable diversion, though not a terribly memorable one. Elmore Leonard aficionados longing for a truly worthy sendoff of the master crime writer will have to look ahead toward the upcoming final season of Justified, and cross their fingers."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"All this is more amusing in theory than practice, partly because Leonard's world of wiseguys and slapstick violence has become so familiar - the caper-movie default mode."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Appealing enough to pass, with Schechter locating a casual rhythm to a pressurized situation, relying on the writer's way with characters and twists to feed into well-acted adventures with criminals and the hostages who love them."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Schechter works hard at making the picture look like a genuine 1970s artefact, only to end up repeating David O Russell's American Hustle and Tarantino (again)."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"A darkly amusing tale begins promisingly but runs out of wit and energy long before the closing credits."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"It doesn't quite transcend its own haphazard, impoverished story."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"There's a lot of talent up on screen put to no grand use."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The meagre charms of the first act are soon squandered as this descends into straight-to-video stodge, progressing inexorably to a depressing climax. The book was better."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"A likeable, if predictable, black comedy that feels like a Tarantino movie made by well-meaning committee."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"In short, Life of Crime is guilty of making me want to dig out my copy of Jackie Brown."
‑ Monica Castillo, Movie Mezzanine
"Thanks to Leonard's source material and the outstanding cast, it works."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This is a droll and well-observed comedy thriller that recreates the 1970s in convincing fashion while retaining enough of a sense of menace to avoid ever drifting off into whimsy."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Low-key black comedy and sporadic horror lazily pop up among the crime drama, but never enough of either to score many zings."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Missing the punchy plotting of the Coens thriller it resembles, the early chuckles don't quite translate into a satisfying whole."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
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