Jake Boston’s review published on Letterboxd:
Trying to make a movie that revolves around a despicable human being is a tough balancing act to pull off. Having Adam Sandler play that role is a stroke of genius just because he has been in the public eye as America’s goofball. The acting that Sandler pulls off here is fantastic and hopefully he decides to take more roles outside of his Happy Madison Netflix money pit because when he has a director pushing and motivating him to use his comedic talents while also showing some real emotion it’s equals out to a great end result.
The Safdie Brothers really have a unique eye for directing and storytelling. What they pulled off in Good Time was a gob-smacking 100 beats-per-minute adrenaline rush of a film that told the world that there were new directors in town to shake up the cinematic world.
With Uncut Gems they decide to take off their feet from the pedal just a bit to try and tell how one man’s life can be so fucked from actions that he has done to himself. The third act comes closest to what Good Time pulled off in terms of nail-biting suspense but for me what occurs in the first hour of Uncut Gems spins its wheels more than it develops its plot. There is a lot to love here but for me after leaving the theater I couldn’t help but think that I was somewhat let down by the film as a whole. It’s still a good movie but maybe my anticipation got the better of me this time around. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2 out of 5.