Crime & Punishment in Suburbia


Crime & Punishment in Suburbia

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 29


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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 starts plotting her stepfather's demise too. She ropes her boyfriend into doing the deed, and soon she finds herself under arrest and on trial for the crime. With all of her friends shunning her, she confides in her creepy voyeuristic neighbor. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

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Monica Keena
as Roseanne Skolnik
Ellen Barkin
as Maggie Skolnik
Michael Ironside
as Fred Skolnik
Bonnie Somerville
as Stuck Up Girl
Lucinda Jenney
as Vincent's Mom
Jim Boyce
as Mr. Dwyer
Matt Champagne
as Counselor Lord
Jim Swanson
as Rat Fink Neighbor
Tommy Perna
as Officer Lambert
Tommy Bush
as Chief Judson
Susan Davis
as Grandmother
Brad Greenquist
as Calvin Berry
Dennis Liss
as Bailiff
Jeff Lawrence
as Judge Jack
Valerie Wildman
as Prosecutor
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Critic Reviews for Crime & Punishment in Suburbia

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (23)

  • You wouldn't want to give any of these people the time of day in real life. They are blah or worse, and they are headed for some violent confrontations that seem pointless because they are so unworthy of our attention in the first place.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/5
  • Far from the head-banging alternative to teen movies the filmmakers intended -- it's more like a self-important Poison Ivy sequel.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Director Rob Schmidt photographs the action in that visually clichéd, MTV-influenced manner now de rigeur in much of independent cinema.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Every single thing about Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is stolen and tired.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • The ghost of Dostoevsky should sue.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Jan Stuart

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara
    Top Critic

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