An American Crime
An American Crime (2007)

A seemingly ordinary housewife and the mother of seven, imprisons a beautiful teenager, who has been left in her charge, in the basement of her Indiana home.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Tragic tale of child abuse fails to make any sense of the crime.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Um projeto que encara a desgraça alheia como mero trampolim para o entretenimento.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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...

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Todd McCarthy

Not even the considerable talents of lead thesps Catherine Keener and Ellen Page can alleviate the artistic nullity that is An American Crime.

Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

If Eli Roth were to direct a Lifetime movie, it might look something like An American Crime.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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

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Eric D. Snider

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
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three stars
Jim Hunter
I think the most interesting thing about this film is the title. I think about the juxtaposition of two disparate ideas: first, America is a country that… More
Jens S.
Based on a true story from the 1960s this film tells the tragic tale of a young girl being tortured and held captive by a family for a months. Setting the court… More
jd cryptic
I heard about this crime years ago and it pulled me in. When I first read about it I couldn't stop thinking how horrible it was. Back then it was the worst… More
familiar stranger
Being always curious to watch movies based on true story, it was but obvious that I was compelled to watch this movie. I read a part of the plot and then… More
Devon Bott
An American Crime paints a portrait of real-life events involving the sadistic torture of a 16-year old high school girl at the hands of Gertrude Baniszewski… More