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Crown Heights (2017)



Critic Consensus: Crown Heights' heartbreaking fact-based narrative -- and LaKeith Stanfield's remarkable starring performance -- push this powerful drama past its structural flaws.

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In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin's childhood friend Carl 'KC' King devotes his life to fighting for Colin's freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system. This incredible true story is adapted from the acclaimed This American Life segment by writer/director Matt Ruskin, with Lakeith Stanfield playing Colin Warner and Nnamdi Asomugha as Carl King.

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LaKeith Stanfield
as Colin Warner
Bill Camp
as William Robedee
Nestor Carbonell
as Bruce Regenstreich
Amari Cheatom
as Leon Grant

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Critic Reviews for Crown Heights

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (31)

It's an impressive, quietly powerful film that will stay with you long after the final credits roll.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The film just isn't biting enough to make Warner a mascot for the race-based injustice that pervades the American criminal justice system.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The sole fresh twist, one that should have been more than enough to drive the show - one friend dedicating his life to exonerating the other - is repeatedly undermined by their unequal presentation.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Stanfield deftly balances rage and resignation, and Asomugha is impressive as a crusader who refuses to give up.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Strong central performances make this harrowing chronicle a gripping tale.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Crown Heights" is soul-shaking only in the abstract. In execution, it's deathly dull.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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It loses steam by the time it gets around to the investigation and exoneration portion of the movie. The reason is that this shift in the narrative forces the filmmakers to abandon their far more moving examination of the slow, agonizing way the criminal justice system and prison dehumanizes those trapped within them.

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