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Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 23

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


Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 11

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



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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 dating Jimmy (James DeBello), the football captain. She also lives in a family where her embittered mother Maggie (Ellen Barkin) is plotting to murder Roseanne's violent drunken stepfather Fred (Michael Ironside). After a smashed Fred rapes her, Roseanne


Art House & International, Drama

Larry Gross

Jan 2, 2001

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (23) | DVD (5)

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.

January 1, 2000
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An arty, brain-dead celebration of beautiful losers.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Far from the head-banging alternative to teen movies the filmmakers intended -- it's more like a self-important Poison Ivy sequel.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
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The kind of movie that lives and breathes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Director Rob Schmidt photographs the action in that visually clichéd, MTV-influenced manner now de rigeur in much of independent cinema.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
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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.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
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This is one twisted pic.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A story so stupid and contrived that old Dostoyevsky might have somersaulted in his grave by now.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

A pretentious mess.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

To sum up in Raskolnikov's own words, 'Generally, there are remarkably few people born who have a new thought, who are capable, if only slightly, of saying anything new.'

January 1, 2000
New Times

Watch this movie instead of reading Dostoyevsky's novel, and you'll still fail the exam. This movie fails, too.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: IFilm

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. It only makes it look sillier.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An intense coming-of-age think-piece.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The younger actors ... are full of small, poignant surprises.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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    1. Vincent: When the time came, I would try and rescue her.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
    1. Fred Skolnik: Kindness is the most important thing.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
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