Eppler: 'Uncut Gems' a beauty of a crime thriller
"Uncut Gems" is an intense, sweaty-palmed pulse-pounder - a raw, coarse movie that pulls you in like a choke-hold.
Sandler deserves a Best Actor Oscar nomination and maybe even the win. He's been good in dramas before, but he disappears into this role. It's a hard character to like, but a performance easy to love.
There's more solid work from Idina Menzel as Howard's no-nonsense wife, the blossoming LaKieth Stanfield as his business partner, and Kevin Garnett as, well, Kevin Garnett kinda.
* * * * * Incredible - One of the best of the year
* * * * Excellent - Touches greatness with only minor quibbles
* * * Good - Plenty to like, definitely worth seeing
* * Mediocre - You can do better
* Awful - The worst, an insult to movies