Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    Apr 28, 2011
    60
    Go for Caan and Farmiga, and stay to be surprised by Reeves.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 21, 2011
    63
    Occasionally too pleased with itself, it's also pleasantly unpredictable, and it has a trio of sweet hambone performances at its center.
  3. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Apr 8, 2011
    60
    With a terrific cast led by Reeves, Vera Farmiga and a splendid James Caan, this is a fun comedy with irresistible heist and heart.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Apr 28, 2011
    70
    Reeves often displays moderate to little affect onscreen; here his reserve suits the story, as the experience of acting helps the reticent loser find himself. Vera Farmiga crackles as the feisty star of the play, while James Caan, as the hero's accomplice, proves a most charming rogue.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 27, 2011
    50
    Reeves has many arrows in his quiver, but screwball comedy isn't one of them.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Apr 4, 2011
    60
    An offbeat comedy/drama elevated by another terrific Varmiga turn.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 14, 2011
    50
    Beyond his (Reeves) performance, the film's ungainly mix of heist, romance and backstage comedy never jells. It's never painful, though, especially when James Caan and Vera Farmiga are onscreen. But there's only so much life anyone could breathe into this inert caper.
  8. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Apr 7, 2011
    60
    You can't help but feel that the ambition of Henry's Crime was determined by the near anonymity of its title - the movie seems to be ensconcing itself into the Witness Relocation Program.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 8, 2011
    60
    Director Malcolm Venville, who made the British gangster flick "44 Inch Chest," has a strong handle on the tone, so even the familiar twists feel fresh.
  10. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 6, 2011
    50
    The movie is not great, but the star is not bad. This, in some quarters, is high praise indeed.
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 8, 2011
    50
    Though the movie has some engagingly quirky moments, everything falls into place far too easily for much suspense to build, and the romance between the two leads seems as contrived as everything else.
  12. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Apr 29, 2011
    58
    There's pleasure to be found in the resolute offbeatness of Henry's Crime. It's nearly as concerned with the play as it is with the heist (and with drawing parallels between the two).
  13. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 14, 2011
    50
    Henry's Crime has three charismatic actors - Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan - in search of a decent script, and what they find, instead, are a handful of good scenes and lots of room to build their respective characters.
  14. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Apr 7, 2011
    33
    A grating muddle.
  15. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Apr 4, 2011
    50
    While Malcolm Venville's Henry's Crime is billed as a comedy it's more funny odd than funny ha-ha.
  16. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 7, 2011
    50
    Its mood is so muffled and point so submerged, it's difficult to see why Mr. Reeves and the rest of the cast pooled their talents to make a movie about a nowhere man going no place in particular in Buffalo.
  17. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 6, 2011
    40
    The disparity only makes Reeves's earnest-but-monotonous turn that much more pronounced-and the film that much more dismissible.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 4, 2011
    50
    While the absurdity builds, the intensity never does -- a problem shared by director Malcolm Venville's previous feature, "44 Inch Chest."
  19. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 5, 2011
    60
    Caan and Farmiga give more to the material than it can return, but it sure is fun to watch them tangle.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    3
    The idea is not bad but the actors could not feel more detached from the project. The biggest crime committed was not actually making the filmThe idea is not bad but the actors could not feel more detached from the project. The biggest crime committed was not actually making the film but more so that they actually released it for general consumption. Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2012
    7
    Although the premise of the movie was reasonably straight forward, there was a surprising level of depth to it. Reaves is not the mostAlthough the premise of the movie was reasonably straight forward, there was a surprising level of depth to it. Reaves is not the most expressive actor going around and that part seemed to be lacking. Overall quite a good watch. Not predictable. Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2011
    0
    I was looking forward to this movie as I do like Reaves and Caan, but I have to say, seriously, this is possibly the worst movie I've ever hadI was looking forward to this movie as I do like Reaves and Caan, but I have to say, seriously, this is possibly the worst movie I've ever had the displeasure to sit through! James Caan's acting was the best here and Reave's was the worst, others were just ordinary at best. Don't waste your time! Full Review »