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High Crimes Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    It's no crime the movie has one or two endings too many, given that many thrillers of the past quarter-century have had the same. But Judd's latest is too harmless to be anything but a misdemeanor.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This is very much a ''woman's picture,'' driven by a twin rudder of anxiety and empowerment.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ms. Judd commands the screen with consistent authority, and Mr. Freeman brings expansive humor to the role of a self-styled wildcard who's still dangerous in court.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's still a disappointment: a well-mounted and well-acted suspense movie that, thanks to its illogical script, falls off a cliff midway through.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is the second movie Judd and Freeman have made together (after "Kiss the Girls" in 1997). They're both good at projecting a kind of Southern intelligence that knows its way around the frailties of human nature.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Mediocre thriller of the betrayed-woman genre.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some violent moments, including flashbacks to a massacre by US armed forces and a bombing that kills civilians. Characters are in jeopardy, and some are wounded, one has a miscarriage, and one is killed. A character is an alcoholic and there are scenes in a bar. There are sexual references and situations, including prostitutes, and some very strong language. The issue of betrayal may also be upsetting for some audience members.

  • Families can talk about how we learn whom to trust and how we feel when our trust is betrayed. Characters also have to deal with ends-justify-the-means conflicts. How do you feel about the way they resolve them? Some family members may want to talk about the choice Charles makes when he is asked to take a drink.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Violence, including peril, dead bodies and car accident.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including prostitutes.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcoholic character.

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