Uncut Gems

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Uncut Gems reaffirms the Safdies as masters of anxiety-inducing cinema -- and proves Adam Sandler remains a formidable dramatic actor when given the right material.

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From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

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  • May 31, 2020
    The movie is a roller-coaster of aggravation and intensity that become exhausting to witness but it does a good job in making you feel that. Uncut Gems has Adam Sandler to thank for creating a powerhouse performance especially in the final act of the film. Overall, it's does a solid job in pissing you off and if you want to feel that way sometimes, this movie will help you with that. 3.6/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2020
    One of the most stressful thrillers I've ever seen and yes that's a compliment. Sandler fundamentally understands this character in a way a lot of other actors wouldn't. Every choice, every emotional plea, every joke is literally a gamble to him. Nothing is done if there isn't risk involved.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2020
    I never thought a score could be so detrimental to a movie, but after this odd score played over the dialogue for the first 20 minutes of the film I was tempted to walk out. The story and directorial choices are very strange, and the acting is slightly above average at best. The film picks up towards the end but overall, it's not a great watch, or listen, by any stretch.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2020
    Adam Sandler reprises his real-life role as an actual actor in UNCUT GEMS, the Safdie brothers' anxiety-ridden, feel-bad crime thriller follow-up to their anxiety-ridden, feel-bad crime thriller GOOD TIME. I'm honestly amazed that they got the level of distribution they did with this film, but I can't imagine Sandler and Kevin Garnett's egos would have been satiated by a two week limited run in select theaters. This trailer played everywhere from the Frozen 2 pre-movie trailers to ESPN, and perhaps inviting general audiences to this Cassavettes riff on 70's Scorsese by way of Friedkin was destined to sour the butter in their 15 dollar popcorn buckets. For anyone who did see HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT or GOOD TIME, they know what they're in for with this story of a jewelry broker/gambling addict as he attempts several of the riskiest gambits of his life in quick succession, hoping to redeeming himself financially and in reputation. As I mentioned William Friedkin earlier, the movie starts in a not-so-subtle homage to the opening sequence of THE EXORCIST at a large scale, desert mining operation with the location font straight out of that classic horror staple. Then we get some 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY stargate visuals, and next the movie literally goes through Sandler's colon to begin our story. Yes, that is some dark comedy to say the least, but waiting and searching for the bleak humor (if you can call it that) to come is not recommended for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. This movie violently jams you in the back of a car and takes your clothes at gunpoint. This movie creepily stares at you undressing from behind a closet door. Perhaps most terrifying of all, this movie forces you to listen to The Weeknd. I can't recommend it to everybody, but it is a manic and thrilling experience paralleled only by PARASITE this year. As for Sandler's performance, it's in a different world from anything he's done since PUNCH DRUNK LOVE. He's an unsympathetic sleaze who takes advantage of everyone around him in some hell-bent compulsion to be at the center of attention while accruing as much wealth as possible (and the character he plays isn't much better *rimshot*), but for some reason you start to root for him to make it all the way through and triumph. By the third act I was mesmerized and sweating. It's a bizarre way for Sandler to reintroduce himself to serious cinema, and I imagine that it's equally jarring for the sportsball fans who showed up to see Billy Madison step in a toilet and yell incoherently at elderly people.
    Steve L Super Reviewer

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