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An American Crime

5 Ratings: 1.8
A movie directed by Tommy O'Haver

An extended sleepover turns tragic for two sisters in this fact-based tele-film. After their carnival worker parents separate, Sylvia (Juno's Ellen Page) and Jennie Fae Likens (Hayley McFarland) move in with Gertrude "Gertie" Baniszewski … see full wiki

Director: Tommy O'Haver
Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 17, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
3 reviews about An American Crime
review by . January 31, 2010
It started as a white lie, and ended as the worst crime in Indiana history. SPOILERS
When I reviewed The Girl Next Door, which is also based on the case of Sylvia Likens, I could hardly put my thoughts into words. I sat in front of my computer screen for hours knowing that I needed to write something, but unable to find the words, which is somewhat frustrating for a writer. No such problem exists with this film, An American Crime.      An American Crime is more true to the actual events then The Girl Next Door, although it skips over a lot of the abuse and doesn't …
review by . November 21, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Nothing at all.      Cons: Flat characters, story that doesn't quite make sense      The Bottom Line: If youire going to base a movie on real events, have people act.  If you like Ms Keener watch Capote, that's a crime story well told.  Don't bother here.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals everything about the movie''s plot.      An American Crime is an apt title; that is exactly …
review by . May 26, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
AN AMERICAN CRIME is a problematic little reenactment of a real criminal case of child abuse dating back to 1965. The story is horrifying and while the film places the facts in our faces, the impact of the film is out of focus. This is due to the script that elects to glaze over the motivational aspects of a brutal crime in favor of attempting to investigate fully the mindset of both the perpetrator and the victims. Were it not for some sterling performances by Catherine Keener and Ellen Page this …
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