Emma Fogarty’s review published on Letterboxd:
Uncut Gems is a 130 minute crime film directed by the Safdie brothers, it features Adam Sandler as jeweller who owes money to some very very dangerous people, not helped by the fact he keeps on gambling.
Good time by this director duo was a hit that while I wasn’t as affected by it as some others were, I still thought was a really solid crime thriller that showed promise from its makers.
Largely successful maximalist application and a fast, energetic screenplay and pace that builds on the directors’ skills learned from their previous film fall into Uncut Gems favour.
it once again shows that they, like with Robert Pattison, can take a lazy actor like Sandler and utilize him, this psychotic shambles of a character isn’t easy to like and in the wrong hands could be extremely annoying (and its not to say there aren’t moments), but Sandler pulls it off.
It’s a very urban film which comes into its advantage and the forementioned pace, camerawork, performance that is as off kilter as the movie itself, for, especially for the first half, are the closest an American film have ever gotten for me to the levels of one of those Chinese crime thrillers.
the soundtrack goes in a great synthesis with all of this aswell.
Admittedly however, somewhere after the middle, Uncut gems, for a while starts to set in with some fatigue and sense of repetition and I briefly lost some confidence in this, unfortunately the film would not have worked without this runtime, given its pace and overall aggressiveness, a shorter movie would have just came off as both in and out, over far too early.
Not to worry, because the Safdie’s redeem it perfectly well enough at the home stretch, just after you thought the film peaked, they save the best for last.
I did think that the comedic bits could have been a bit more though, not that I wasn’t laughing, take the car bit near the middle for example.
In spite of some slippage at the center point, this shows a director set that is growing and a lead actor that really needs to leave his comfort zone more often.
I'm not sure how to score this one I'm split between *** 1/2 and ****, let me sleep on it.