‘Emily the Criminal’ (2022) – Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Emily the Criminal (2022)
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Emily the Criminal is a movie written and directed by John Patton Ford, starring Aubrey Plaza.

An interesting piece that is raw, frank and compassionate.

Premise

Emily, who is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record, gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.

Movie Review

‘Emily the Criminal’ is a feature film that is made with a lot of enthusiasm, and relies entirely on the protagonist to carry it along, and does so, well. The movie is Aubrey Plaza’s from start to finish, with her characterization of Emily. One would even dare to compare it to an inner monologue of a soul that does not afford the time to be tormented.

Emily the Criminal
Emily the Criminal (2022)

It is narrated in a singular way, as singular as the protagonist and her journey. There are a lot of handheld camera shots, without grand stylistic gestures, as the story does not need them. This is a story that is told in a filterless way.

Compassionate but frank and direct, it does not stop up to analyze “why the mess?”. There is a mess and that’s it, there is no time for contemplation nor reflection.

Our Opinion

Original and peculiar, it will be to the liking of quite a few viewers, especially those seeking cinematic novelty.

The Star

Cast

'Emily the Criminal' (2022) - Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Aubrey Plaza / Emily

'Emily the Criminal' (2022) - Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Theo Rossi / Youcef

'Emily the Criminal' (2022) - Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Megalyn Echikunwoke / Liz

'Emily the Criminal' (2022) - Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Gina Gershon / Alice

'Emily the Criminal' (2022) - Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Jonathan Avigdori / Khalil

Bernardo Badillo / Javier

'Emily the Criminal' (2022) - Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Craig Stark / Chip

'Emily the Criminal' (2022) - Movie Review: Raw and Novel

Brandon Sklenar / Brent

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Veronica Loop is the managing director of MCM. She is passionate about art, culture and entertainment.
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