Uncut Gems review – A Horrific Incoherent Mess | London Film Festival 2019

The closest example of such a film that is as big of a complete mess as this is that of last year’s Sorry to Bother You, that’s my closest comparison to the utterly incoherent mess that is this soulless and artificial Scorsese rip.

Cashing in on a the New York setting, Uncut Gems takes the constant-talking archetype to another level, but not an elevated one. In fact, it comes across as a poorly directed attempt to create deeper psychological meaning in the constant harassment and struggle of one man’s life, yet it’s all hollow and completely flat-lines in trying to build tension through the non-stop chatter and noise.

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Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) is the owner of a showroom, based in the Diamond District in Manhatten, New York City. He is a gambler, a gambler like no other and this has an impact on his hectic New York life. A matter of multiple gambling schemes get Howard into trouble, he makes somewhat treacherous moves in betraying trust to earn for himself. Recently he came into knowing of a gem, a black opal. From an Ethiopian mine, of which he wishes to gain a truck load of money from.

Coming off of the success of Good Time, the Safdie brothers have delivered an absolute incoherent mess of a film. A film that made me consider getting up and leaving, due to the incomprehensible chopped-up nature of the edit. Some may say it’s for the purpose of tension, the constant bickering and noises, yet I never felt an ounce of tension. All that was felt was a hollow sludge pile of something trying to create meaning and a message under the guise of chaos, but it never works.

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There are a few funny lines scattered throughout, that’s about all that works – Sandler is one-note and almost sketch-like. All he does is stumble around, talking non-stop and he never stops, he is a protagonist of no depth and is merely all surface layer. It’s a masculine-fueled macho ride of nothingness, adding to the terrible filmmaking craft on display is the sexualised view of its female characters. They are capitalised upon as objects and are nothing more than things to desire, there is no underlying message or meaning in subtext in the way they are viewed, if they intended anything they sure did fail.

Uncut Gems is an utterly incoherent mess, it’s one of the worst films I’ve seen in a long time. It tries to be tense, but fails due to the hollow nature of the film’s execution.

0.5/5 Stars

Ben Rolph

UNCUT GEMS premiered at TIFF 2019 and is playing at the BFI London Film Festival NOW

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19 thoughts on “Uncut Gems review – A Horrific Incoherent Mess | London Film Festival 2019

      1. You’re right, it’s not good, It’s great. Surreal how this is labeled an “artificial” Scorsese ripoff but a movie directed by Todd Phillips that copies King of Comedy and Taxi Driver gets a pass by you. Do you just associate movies set in NY with foul language as Scorsese ripoffs now?

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  1. I couldn’t agree with you less. I saw this film Saturday night at the New York Film festival. The film received a rousing ovation at the end from a packed house… and I thought it was pretty incredible as well. Took me 2 hours after the film ended to recover from the sustainee adrenaline rush. it’s just a little over 24 hours since I saw the film and I still can’t stop thinking about it…. I predict major box office for this field… and major awards too…. Well at least nominations 😊

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  2. Gotta love how you’re so cowardly that you can’t post any comments calling you out but panning a movie with artificial and one-dimensional criticisms, perfectly okay! Truly shows how low Rotten Tomatoes standards are these days!

    Btw I know you’re seeing this comment 🙂

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  3. One of the worst reviews I’ve ever read: 0.1 out of 5 stars. Quite simply, this is a troll review designed simply to get clicks…it’s apparently working. 0.5 out of 5? Seriously? This is one of the worst movies ever made? You’re allowed to have an opinion, but wow is your opinion wrong here.

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  4. I actually left this movie for the reason you state: incoherent mess. I don’t get what people are raving about. I have a lot of patience but just couldn’t sit through this one.

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  5. Thank you! I agree 100%. I wish I would’ve read this review before I wasted my money & time. I don’t understand how this got rave reviews from others when this is 2+ hours of Adam Sandler screaming & dropping f-bombs after making one crappie decision after next. There’s no depth, it’s just people screaming with obnoxious music playing in the background. I felt the need to meditate during this movie, get my anxiety levels down. This is the worst movie I’ve seen in years.

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  6. I don’t get it. Adam Sandler did the best he could with the script, but it was boring and flat. Lots of chasing the gem around and getting chased by collectors. I love going to the movies and rarely feel that I wasted my time. But this film left me feeling robbed of my time and money. It seemed like a bait and switch, the previews and all the excellent reviews. I left wondering how in the world was anyone entertained?

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  7. I kept waiting for something impactful to happen and it just kept going on with no connections with each story line. One of the VERY worst movies I have ever seen… I wonder how good actors get suckered into agreeing to such nonsense….Aloha!!!!

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  8. The movie was terrible. Joe in the comments feels like the characters in the film. A cartoony edification of a troll but without the slightest measurable weight of a soul.

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  9. The worst stereotypes paraded across a screaming, foul mouthed mess. A pointless film. I left hating Adam Sandler for participating in this total affront to Jews, especially in a world of ever increasing antisemitism.

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  10. 100% AGREE WITH YOU BEN. This is by far one of THE WORST films we’ve ever watched. Wish we knew before we paid to see absolute misery. Like you, we wanted to get up and leave but we stayed with the hope something would turn out differently.
    We didn’t even get bothered by the profane language but were quite exhausted by his constant lies, bad choices and deceit. Enough already for crying out loud!
    A complete regret of a movie, it made us not like Adam Sandler as much. It seems he always is the same, loud and obnoxious… in this movie he was magnified x 100.
    It gave us a headache, and of course the end…
    Everyone at the theater said: ”Is this it? You gotta be kidding. F*** this movie”

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