Crown Heights Reviews

December 3, 2018
Crown Heights dismayingly plods to its conclusion, where the weight and intrinsic importance of its material is rendered into a saccharine goop of inconsequence.
August 21, 2018
[Lakeith Stanfield] infuses Haitian-born Colin Warner's true story with a simmering immediacy that feels at odds with director Matt Ruskin's banal approach to history and social justice.
May 9, 2018
Writer/Director Matt Ruskin never lets the audience get a sense of the characters outside the mechanics of the injustice they are currently suffering through, which he often skims over like he's trying to race to get to the end credits.
September 26, 2017
The film just isn't biting enough to make Warner a mascot for the race-based injustice that pervades the American criminal justice system.
September 7, 2017
"Crown Heights" is soul-shaking only in the abstract. In execution, it's deathly dull.
September 6, 2017
The best storytelling accesses the universal through the personal and director Matt Ruskin's depersonalized approach to this story means he can't do it justice.
September 1, 2017
The movie feels like the first draft of a story, waiting for the substance, context, and insight to be added as the writing process progresses.
August 30, 2017
Righteous, but plodding.
August 25, 2017
Crown Heights needs more such insight. Instead, its docu-fantasy style often rings as clichd.
August 25, 2017
This egregious case of an important story to tell, but although Ruskin attempts moments of poetry, he succeeds with the procedural more than the personal, his pedestrian direction dragging his movie down.
August 24, 2017
This is a difficult story to tell on film, to be sure, but 94 minutes hardly seems like enough time to properly convey the torment and loneliness of two decades behind bars.
August 23, 2017
Yet the film, full of good intentions and compelling performers, fails to find a dramatic structure for its considerable timespan.
August 22, 2017
Most of Crown Heights ... suffers from structural confusion.
August 13, 2017
The film plays like a human-interest story in which all of the humanity has been gutted in favor of deadening narrative efficiency.
January 26, 2017
Pushing through all of these negative elements is Stanfield's performance, finding honesty whenever he can. I just wish the movie around him was anywhere near as good.
January 25, 2017
Too crammed and hectic to convey the immensity of the systemic evils that run through its ruptured heart.
January 25, 2017
Unfortunately, the film itself-which is based on the true story of a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for over two decades-sticks mainly to the facts, failing to really take advantage of any larger insights or thematic throughlines.
January 24, 2017
Ruskin continually requires wounded earnestness from his lead, and shows little of whatever spark of inner life must have been required for Warner to survive these years without losing his mind.
January 23, 2017
We don't really know much about these characters besides their role in moving the plot forward.