Crime & Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
Critic Consensus: Despite the beautiful visuals, Crime and Punishment is too somber and pretentious. Also, the acting is of mixed quality.
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as Roseanne Skolnik
as Maggie Skolnik
as Fred Skolnik
as Stuck Up Girl
as Vincent's Mom
as Mr. Dwyer
as Counselor Lord
as Rat Fink Neighbor
as Officer Lambert
as Chief Judson
as Calvin Berry
as Judge Jack
Critic Reviews for Crime & Punishment in Suburbia
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.
Far from the head-banging alternative to teen movies the filmmakers intended -- it's more like a self-important Poison Ivy sequel.
Director Rob Schmidt photographs the action in that visually clichéd, MTV-influenced manner now de rigeur in much of independent cinema.
Every single thing about Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is stolen and tired.
The ghost of Dostoevsky should sue.
Audience Reviews for Crime & Punishment in Suburbia
A potentially interesting premise that just never really congeals into a quality picture. The film is meant to be a somewhat loose contemporary execution of Dostoyevsky's classic novel "Crime and Punishment", and there are brief moments where the film feels like it is going to deliver on this concept. Instead it repeatedly falls into a host of bad independent film cliches; supporting characters who are weird just for the sake of being weird so the film doesn't feel flat and lifeless, unfocused and random quick cuts to give the film a pseudo-hip edge, desperate attempts to tackle controversial topics like incest, abuse, and murder in a gritty way but making it ultimately feel like a cheesy after-school interpretation. Monica Keena does ok in the lead role, but having seen her do well on other stuff, like the TV show "Undeclared", she falls rather short in her work here. Michael Ironside and Ellen Barkin feel like they are phoning it in as well, especially Ironside as a somewhat over-the-top "drunken dad" stock character. I bought this at work for 4.99 on a whim as the idea of the film sounded worth looking into......I don't feel ripped off but I'm glad I didn't spend more than that.
Odd. It certainly reminds me of [Thirteen] & [American Beauty] but this one is way much more ridiculous- it's fine as long as this was what the film makers intended to make the viewers feel.
Thoughtfully directed and scted. An involving story with a good score. It moves along at a nice pace and the characters are interesting