Crime & Punishment in Suburbia
Crime & Punishment in Suburbia (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 24, 2000
DVD Release Date: January 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the beautiful visuals, Crime and Punishment is too somber and pretentious. Also, the acting is of mixed quality.

Ernest Hardy

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The kind of movie that lives and breathes.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

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.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

An arty, brain-dead celebration of beautiful losers.

Paul Tatara

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is one twisted pic.

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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz

Far from the head-banging alternative to teen movies the filmmakers intended -- it's more like a self-important Poison Ivy sequel.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

Director Rob Schmidt photographs the action in that visually clichéd, MTV-influenced manner now de rigeur in much of independent cinema.

Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Despite its pretenses, the film fails to break the mold, presenting stock characters in predictable situations without a gimmick to separate it from the pack.

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