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Henry's Crime (2010)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 32

Supporting actors Vera Farmiga and James Caan give the movie a little heft, but Henry's Crime is an otherwise predictable heist/comedy with slow pacing.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 14

Supporting actors Vera Farmiga and James Caan give the movie a little heft, but Henry's Crime is an otherwise predictable heist/comedy with slow pacing.

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Working the night shift as a toll collector on a lonely stretch of highway in Buffalo, New York, Henry (KEANU REEVES) is a man seemingly without ambition, dreams or purpose; a man sleepwalking his way through life. He gets his wakeup call early one morning when he becomes an unwitting participant in an ill-conceived bank heist. Rather than give up the names of the real culprits, Henry takes the fall and goes to jail. There, he meets the irrepressible Max (JAMES CAAN), a con man who's grown far

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Aug 23, 2011

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (32) | DVD (1)

An intermittently entertaining comedy/drama with a funny script and a fatal miscasting.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Go for Caan and Farmiga, and stay to be surprised by Reeves.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comments (2)
Arizona Republic
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What's needed is someone nervous to play Henry. A Steve Buscemi, for example. Reeves maintains a sort of Zen detachment.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A felony of a movie ... tedious and improbable...

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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If "Henry's Crime'' is occasionally too pleased with itself, it's also pleasantly unpredictable, and it has a trio of sweet hambone performances at its center.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The film's ungainly mix of heist, romance and backstage comedy never jells.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The film feels a bit enervated, even when the script asks it to fly off the rails toward the end.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The screenplay leeches all the fun out of it, and the principals - aside from Caan, who generates his own power - seem lost and abandoned.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

... despite some minor grumbles, I was entertained by Henry's Crime.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Ludicrous plot turns makes Reeves' wooden acting the least of the film's issues.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Even as far as low-budget independent films about Buffalo, N.Y., toll booth operators go, "Henry's Crime" is an odd bird.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

For a fresher, funnier crime comedy back-dropped by the theater, check out Woody Allen's gem Bullets Over Broadway.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

If you had to compare it to a Russian classic, Malcolm Venville's mild comedy about a nobody (Keanu Reeves) who gets busted for a crime he didn't commit might suggest half-baked Dostoevsky or lightweight Gogol. But not Chekhov.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Really entertaining and a lot of fun.

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

verges on absurdity -- the non-comedic kind

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Reeves is fine but not very memorable, much like the movie.

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Keanu Reeves sleepwalks through this limp affair, the script is indifferent to the madcap possibilities its conceit engenders, and director Malcolm Venville exhibits no sense of comedic timing or aptitude for building tension.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

This shaggy dog story just doesn't hold together, but Reeves charms as the deadpan hub of a wacky wheel...James Caan, as Henry's cellmate Max, is terrifically funny here, and he and Reeves are an unlikely but effective team.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Chekhov does small town USA in this zany, simmering slo-mo character driven retro-crime caper that plays out as a detour to an incidental bank heist, on the way to a softball game. Caan and Keanu are a strangely intoxicating match made in Buffalo.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

Audience Reviews for Henry's Crime

"Keanu was perfect for this role. He is good at playing awkward silent types. I think that's just how he is in real life. So it's not a role I feel that challenged him much. As far as the story goes, it was just OK. Nothing special here. The acting was just OK as well. I liked Vera Farmiga in this. Her character is loud and a bit of a bitch. But that's not a bad thing, lol. She and James Caan gave this movie life. I was a little bored most of the film. But if you like a quiet crime drama, this is for you. Not a movie I would see again."
December 15, 2012
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♥˩ƳИИ ƜѲѲƉƧ♥

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An aimless man who seems to be just shuffling through life with no purpose or concern finds himself in prion for a crime he didn't commit. While there, his cellmate tells him that he needs purpose in life, and also, that since he's done the time, he might as well do the crime. So, upon getting released, he decides to actually rob the bank he's already served time for supposedly robbing. Due to some plot points, he also finds himself acting as the male lead in a production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard where he also tries to woo the play's female lead.

This is a pretty decent set up, and I really wanted to like this little rom com/hest hybird, but overall, this is just a flat, slow, miosfire that seems mostly devoid of heart and soul. The music, a nice soul score, is at least nice, and the camera work is decent, but the film just doesn't have enough push to make it worthwhile.

James Caan (as the cellmate) and Vera Farmiga (as the female lead) try their best, and do a decent job of giving the film some weight and life, but it's not quite enough. There's also some okay work from Bill Duke and Peter Stormare, but they are also not able to quite save the film. You'd think that given his reputation for being dry, dull, and lifeless that Keanu Reeves would be awesome as Henry, since he, like the character, seems to just sleepwalk through life, but instead he's merely okay, and just more bland. He does try though, or at least it seems that way.

All in all, this started out promising, but really failed to deliver, ending up instead as a generic film with lots of potential going to waste. See it if you want, but only if you feel you must.
June 10, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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"If you've done the time, do the crime."

Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.

REVIEW
Henry's Crime is a dark comedy that actually carries a fairly good afterburn. The story is solid, the characters are unusual, and the setting in Buffalo, NY is appropriately dark and dank. This is a tale of how people react to their own personalities, moving through the world seemingly oblivious to those around them, afraid to create dreams much less go after them.

Working the night shift as a toll collector on a lonely stretch of highway in Buffalo, New York, Henry (Keanu Reeves) is a man seemingly without ambition, dreams or purpose; a man sleepwalking his way through life. He gets his wakeup call early one morning when he becomes an unwitting participant in an ill-conceived bank heist. Rather than give up the names of the real culprits, Henry takes the fall and goes to jail. There, he meets the irrepressible Max (James Caan), a con man who's grown far too comfortable with the familiarity and security of his 'idyllic' life behind bars, but one who also helps plant an idea in Henry's mind which will change his life forever: for a man to find his purpose, he must first have a dream. Upon his release one year later, Henry finds his purpose. Having done the time, he decides he may as well do the crime. Discovering a long forgotten bootlegger's tunnel which runs from the very same bank to a theater across the alleyway, he convinces the reluctant Max to file for his long overdue parole -- and then recruits his former cellmate to help stage a robbery. By turns wry, off-beat, and simply hilarious, Henry's Crime is the heartwarming story of a man who finds his purpose in life. And then finds his destiny.

Malcolm Venville directs this plodding venture written by Sacha Gervasi, David White, and Stephen Hamel. Much of the plot is rather silly but that seems somehow proper for a character as bland as Henry (played with appropriate flatness by Reeves). Farmiga and Caan add the sparkle that keeps the boat afloat. Just when viewers are about to groan over this story, it reminds everyone of some of the people who are sleepwalking through life, whether blandly or anxiously, and by film's end the importance of dreams and an appreciation of the events that make our lives interesting and quirky provides some valuable food for thought.
December 8, 2011
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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If you've done the time, do the crime.

I have seeing better movies with these kinda stories here before. Don't get me wrong this movie is not that bad but seeing that this kind of story was more lame than anything and the simplistic of it makes it really dissapointing. As far as acting goes Keanu look more of a sleepy zombie all around this movie til the end and the rest of the cast was simply mediocre and stale.

Working the night shift as a toll collector on a lonely stretch of highway in Buffalo, New York, Henry (Keanu Reeves) is a man seemingly without ambition, dreams or purpose; a man sleepwalking his way through life. He gets his wakeup call early one morning when he becomes an unwitting participant in an ill-conceived bank heist.

Rather than give up the names of the real culprits, Henry takes the fall and goes to jail. There, he meets the irrepressible Max (James Caan), a con man who's grown far too comfortable with the familiarity and security of his "idyllic" life behind bars, but one who also helps plant an idea in Henry's mind which will change his life forever: for a man to find his purpose, he must first have a dream.

Upon his release one year later, Henry finds his purpose. Having done the time, he decides he may as well do the crime. Discovering a long forgotten bootlegger's tunnel which runs from the very same bank to a theater across the alleyway, he convinces the reluctant Max to file for his long overdue parole -- and then recruits his former cellmate to help stage a robbery.

Their plan is simple: by infiltrating the theater and its current production of Chekhov's, The Cherry Orchard, the unlikely duo will buy just enough time to dig their way to the adjacent bank vault and drive off with their loot. Unfortunately that plan also includes Henry taking the lead role in the play, where he finds himself slowly falling for the production's mercurial leading lady, Julie (Vera Farmiga).

By turns wry, off-beat, and simply hilarious, 'Henry's Crime' is the heartwarming story of a man who finds his purpose in life. And then finds his destiny.
June 20, 2011
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