Crime and Punishment in Suburbia


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 8 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Mark Caro
    Just say no.
  2. 30
    Often succumbs to the craven hysteria perhaps inherent in its hoary premise.
  3. 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.
  4. 20
    Even dressed up in tabloid lighting and cut with jagged edits, this pulp nihilism never goes beyond daytime TV banality.
  5. Completed before the release of "American Beauty," this contrived, puffed up little picture nonetheless seems like a ripoff, perhaps because it mines the same tired assumptions and unexamined stereotypes about suburban family life.
  6. 20
    A cut above the usual teenage-wasteland movie.
  7. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    The "crime" was that it was made in the first place and the "punishment" is having to watch it.
  8. A somber, draggy, deadweight, lugubrious, absurdly self serious version of ''American Beauty.''

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