Henry’s Crime Film Review: Sad Keanu No More?

Keanu Reeves’ new flick, Henry’s Crime, was shot locally in Tarrytown, NY. See what Poptional Reading thought of it

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And I’m not the only one who thought so. The film currently has a score of 47/100 on MetaCritic — which the site reports as “mixed or average” reviews. Here’s what some of the critics had to say:


“There are movies that are so low key they risk enervation. If the movie is purposely chill, you may be able to go with the relaxed flow; but if it’s too subdued, you might feel like slapping it (or yourself) awake. Henry’s Crime, a muted comedy with Keanu Reeves, is a painless, at times likable, drifty comedy. But its mood is so muffled and point so submerged, it’s difficult to see why Mr. Reeves and the rest of the cast pooled their talents to make a movie about a nowhere man going no place in particular in Buffalo.” —The New York Times



“Life-changing epiphanies come in all shapes and sizes, but the one that transforms the protagonist of Henry’s Crime is a strange bird indeed: implausible and barely perceptible. In part, that’s because of Keanu Reeves’ blank take on a working stiff-turned-lawbreaker. Beyond his performance, the film’s ungainly mix of heist, romance and backstage comedy never jells. It’s never painful, though, especially when James Caan and Vera Farmiga are onscreen. But there’s only so much life anyone could breathe into this inert caper.” —The Los Angeles Times



“Movie characters so often operate on dime-store psychological motivation that when a movie like Henry’s Crime features less explicable actions, it’s tempting to applaud its inscrutability, its willingness to embrace strange and illogical behavior. But Malcolm Venville’s crime comedy grows its set-up so long and shaggy that it verges on absurdity — the non-comedic kind.” —Filmcritic.com



“It’s a grating muddle, typified by Reeves as a protagonist who’s so frustratingly vapid that even the other characters seem baffled at his blankness. As the eponymous Henry, Reeves makes a series of dramatic, life-altering choices, yet he seems so sleepy and vacant that it’s impossible to tell whether he’s supposed to come off as crafty or just too dumb to understand the consequences of his actions.” —The A.V. Club


Did you see it? Let me know what you thought in the comments.

» Watch the Henry’s Crime trailer
» Read our pre-release review of Henry’s Crime
» Read our Film Festival preview
» Visit the location: Tarrytown Music Hall

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at www.popmatters.com, where she is a staff writer.



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