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Henry's Crime

comedy


With a terrific cast led by Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and a splendid James Caan, HENRY'S CRIME is a fun comedy with irresistible heist and heart. Reeves stars as Henry Torne, a wrongly accused man who winds up behind bars for a bank robbery.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    40%
  • Audience Score
    24%

common sense

ON for kids age 15
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Aside from language, so-so caper comedy is fine for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that except for this caper comedy's frequent strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and more), there's nothing here that would demand an R rating. There are several love scenes, but they're handled with restraint -- there's no nudity and no actual activity other than kissing and embracing. The few action sequences are brief, generally mild fights (in one, a man wields a gun, and a shot is fired), and the substance use isn't at all over the top, either -- a woman smokes one cigarette, a couple of beers are consumed, and a character seems drunk in one scene and vomits in two others. That said, it's not all that likely to be a movie that's high on kids' radar anyway.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why audiences root for the bank robbers in movies like this. Do you think the fact that Henry had already been to prison for a crime he didn't commit makes it more acceptable to want him to succeed?
  • The filmmakers accepted an R rating for this movie solely so they could have their characters swear. Do you agree with their decision? Why or why not? Would the movie be less effective without the strong language?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    40%
    reviews counted: 17
    see all Henry's Crime reviews
  • Audience

    24%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Go for Caan and Farmiga, and stay to be surprised by Reeves.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rotten: You wish anyone on either side of the camera had a cup of coffee and then the energy to throw out weak scenes and flawed motivations while picking up the pace.

- James Rocchi, MSN Movies, Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fresh: Keanu Reeves gives an adroit turn in this pleasantly deadpan caper.

- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Friday, April 8, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

An overlooked gem, with strong performances from Keanu Reeves and Vera Farmiga. The inerweaving of Checkhov's play with "the crime" is a genius narrative device.

- danieljparsons, Saturday, January 21, 2012

1 star

The idea is not bad but the actors could not feel more detached from the project. The biggest crime committed was not actually making the film but moreso that they actually released it for general consumption.

- Nutterjr, Friday, March 16, 2012

2 stars

This movie, I'll have to say, is watchable but still... I think the one who commited the crime was the director Malcolm Venville making a movie like this! And choosing Keanu Reeves with his two expressions and "care factor 0" for it as a star!????? Stay away from this movie if you want to stay awake! James Caan as Max was on the roll but even he could not save this bad "apple"! I think I spent already too much time writting about it... and you reading about it!

- panta2, Tuesday, July 26, 2011