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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Well-made and -acted, especially by Hawkes and Fisher, if it's not exactly gripping or noir-ish. show more

  • 60
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    One of the brighter aspects of Life of Crime, which otherwise ambles along good naturedly, is the casting. show more

  • 50
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    Life of Crime is like an errant golf putt that appears headed for the hole, but just keeps rolling and rolling, all the way off the green. In other words, just missed . . . by a mile. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Ultimately it’s the cast, more than the crime, that gives this story life. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Daniel Schechter's Life of Crime starts promisingly and ends with a smile but underwhelms in between. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Schechter’s soul-scored film is impeccably styled for the time period, and its easy pacing reminds me of the gold standard for Leonard adaptations, “Out of Sight.” It’s not that good, but it’s within striking distance. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny

    While it doesn’t hit the highs of the very best movies based on the author’s works — those would be Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” two outstanding examples of American narrative cinema of the ‘90s—it’s also far less slick and ingratiating than the watchable but very Hollywood-processed likes of “Get Shorty” and “Be Cool.” show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    All this is more amusing in theory than practice, partly because Leonard’s world of wiseguys and slapstick violence has become so familiar – the caper-movie default mode. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Life of Crime is lesser-Leonard, an all-star kidnapping comedy that manages to “Be Cool” even if the filmmaker never quite finds the grim faced grins that the best Elmore noirs boast. show more

  • 50
    Steve Macfarlane Slant Magazine

    Down to its too-crisp rubber Nixon masks, Daniel Schechter's film revels in obnoxiously self-aware period detail. show more

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