• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tommy O'Haver
    In Theaters:
    Aug 17, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 19, 2008
  • First Look Studios

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An American Crime Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Tragic tale of child abuse fails to make any sense of the crime.

January 19, 2007
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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: C

February 18, 2007
Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C

February 19, 2007
Todd McCarthy
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Not even the considerable talents of lead thesps Catherine Keener and Ellen Page can alleviate the artistic nullity that is An American Crime.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 18, 2007
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

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 16, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 1/5

August 22, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 0.5/4

November 7, 2010
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 0/4

August 18, 2008
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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

March 22, 2007
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...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 24, 2008
Kim Voynar

(Catherine) Keener, always a versatile actress, takes on the challenge of portraying perhaps one of the most unlikable villains in the history of true crime, and tries to find the humanity buried somewhere within her.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3/5

February 9, 2007
Sally Foster
Film Threat

The real high point of this film is Catherine Keener's captivating performance in the role of the troubled and possessive Gertie, vacillating between disturbingly abusive and imploringly sympathetic the way only a truly manipulative psychopath really can.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 27, 2007

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