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: 66%

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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
"Though a decidedly down-market adaptation of the great Elmore Leonard crime novel Switch, Life of Crime is never down-and-out."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Despite sudden, and uncomfortable, tone shifts and a confusing plot twist, the film is anchored by strong performances from its cast, particularly Aniston."
‑ Jack Books, FILMINK (Australia)
"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,
"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
"It's good, solid Leonard, which, for me at least, is a cosy, comfortable, and extremely fun place to be for ninety-eight minutes."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"The script is a nice mixture of suspense and black comic bumbling about."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"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]
"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
"Fun, throwaway, time-killing crime comedy romp."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Schechter's adaptation feels more cautiously reverent than inspired, denying Life of Crime of snap, style, and, most importantly, a sense of danger."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"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
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