Brett Schutt’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've had to think about how to come across in this review and it's something that I'm a little nervous about. I know that this is the type of review that could end up on "Worst of Letterboxd" but whatever, I can't just not talk about my opinion because it is different from the majority. Uncut Gems is one of the most acclaimed films of the year. It's doing super well at festivals and awards season and I guess I just don't understand how anyone could like this movie.
First off, I love Good Time. Bennie and Josh Safdie proved in that film the talent they have behind the camera. That one grew on me a lot, I found some of the third act to be weaker but the ending and the first two acts of that film is excellent filmmaking. Robert Pattisons performance is amazing and the way the film is edited gives the whole film this frantic feeling and it's easy to get a film high from.
I was curious in Uncut Gems and I have been anticipating it. By the end credits, I felt as though someone had punched me in the gut I was so let down by it. I haven't hated a movie this much since Bohemian Rhapsody. I thought every choice when it came to filmmaking and writing here was just- not good. Okay, maybe that's being unfair. Again, I don't want to sit on a pedestal and just because I dislike something say that it's bad. I think I just might fundamentally disagree with the choices made in this movie. Maybe that's it- I'm really struggling with this one.
I'm baffled by the hype of Sandlers performance. Seeing what he did with Meyerowitz stories I was anticipating another great dramatic performance but that's not really what you get here. He screams. A lot. On the top of his lungs. I found his performance here to be as shrill as his comedic performances, it's just in contest to a much darker film.
I like films that mostly deal with just constant tension but I just didn't care about anything that happened in this movie. Every character here sucks a lot and that would be fine if they made the characters the least bit interesting. I spent the majority of this film bored out of my mind.
I didn't find there to be that nice style that was in Good Time. Outside of one of the best musical scores of the year, the film is really bland looking. I found the cinematography and editing to just be there and I was never truly impressed with what I was looking at.
In the end of the day, it was just a loud and abrasive movie about greed. I understand that the Safdie's here have created a piece of cinema that is supposed to be ugly, harsh and anxiety induced. Yet, this and Spring Breakers is like the ultimate "these movies are my Kryptonite" movies and I don't know how else to put it. This movie was miserable for me. It was loud, it gave me a headache and I just simply did not get engaged in a single thing that happened in the film. I just hate it so so much. Maybe I just prefer films like Marriage Story- which is more about the human experience and why we ache. This doesn't really bring any new insight into life or any new imagination. It just sits there, wallows in itself as its characters scream, run around frantically and yell at basketball and then it ends.
I understand why someone would be into this, but I'm sorry I just flat out hated it.