November Criminals (2017)

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After the murder of his friend is dismissed as gang violence, high schooler Addison (Ansel Elgort) decides to launch an investigation of his own. With help from his girlfriend Phoebe (Chloë Grace Moretz), he quickly discovers that the mystery is darker and deeper than he ever imagined. Tessa Albertson, Catherine Keener, and David Strathairn co-star in this crime drama. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, November Criminals is based on the novel of the same name by Sam Munson.

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Cast

Ansel Elgort
as Addison Schacht
David Strathairn
as Theo Schacht
Terry Kinney
as Principal Karlstadt

Critic Reviews for November Criminals

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Not that it's awful, exactly. It's a low-budget generic shrug of a movie, one that recycles clichés both ancient (testy drug dealers) and slightly less ancient (the hero films his life with a camcorder).

Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…

An ever-uneasy hybrid of teen angst tale and whodunit.

Dec 8, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The starry chemistry of leads Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz injects a modicum of energy into the coming-of-age drama, whose elements of romance, crime and smart-kid angst never coalesce.

Dec 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Sam Munson's 2010 novel The November Criminals is the kind of book that attracts smart filmmakers and serious actors - that then, all too often, gets diluted into a bland disappointment like November Criminals.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…
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What follows is something like Veronica Mars, only set in snowy D.C. and on heavy sedatives.

Dec 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Little more than a glorified afterschool special, and the fact that it's strongly cast only adds to bewilderment about how it went so wrong.

Dec 10, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for November Criminals

Rather bland and underwhelming, November Criminals is a poorly made coming-of-age film. After his friend is gunned down in a gang shooting, Addison becomes obsessed with finding answers. Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz lead the cast, but neither of them gives a very good performance. Addison comes off as an extremely annoying character, always yelling at everybody and accusing them of not caring about his friend (who he doesn't seem to have been particularly close to). And the writers don't create much intrigue as to who killed Addison's "friend." Lacking compelling characters and an interesting story, November Criminals is boring and trite.

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