Imaginary Crimes (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Imaginary Crimes (1994)



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Usually cast in showy or unsympathetic supporting roles, Harvey Keitel here gets the rare chance to play a leading role as a "nice guy" -- albeit a nice guy with some serious problems -- in this family drama. Ray Weiler (Keitel) is the widowed father of two girls, high school senior Sonya (Fairuza Balk) and her younger sister Greta (Elizabeth Moss). Ray is full of get-rich-quick schemes that never quite pan out and often skirt the edges of the law. While it's obvious that he loves his daughters, he's hardly a healthy role model, and Sonya and Greta both know it -- dealing with bill collectors and angry investors who've dumped money into one of their father's schemes is just a part of life at the Weiler household. Ray has enrolled Sonya in a private school that he can't actually afford, but he's certain his latest mining venture is going to bring him some real money. Mr. Webster (Vincent D'Onofrio), one of Sonya's teachers, thinks she has a real gift as a writer and should go on to college. Sonya, however, knows that Ray would be against it -- and even if he did approve, how would they pay for it? Meanwhile, Ray seems to have found a backer for his latest mining project -- a man named Jarvis (Chris Penn) -- but one of his partners starts to get cold feet, and Jarvis looks like a man who does not take disappointment well.

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Harvey Keitel
as Ray Weiler
Fairuza Balk
as Sonya Weiler
Kelly Lynch
as Valery Weiler
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Mr. Webster
Diane Baker
as Abigail Tate
Chris Penn
as Jarvis
Amber Benson
as Margaret
Richard Venture
as Judge Klein
Tori Paul
as Young Sonya
Melissa Bernsten
as Gigi Rucklehaus
Bill Geisslinger
as Bud Rucklehaus
William Shilling
as Mr. Garrity
Luke Reilly
as Everett
Peggy Gormley
as Mrs. Cole
Rebecca Long
as Theater Manager
Diane Van Fossen
as Mother at Tea
Kitty Larsen
as Mother at Tea
Tiffany Goodwin
as Edgemont Girl
Kelley Marcum
as Edgemont Girl
Kelly Mazur
as Edgemont Girl
Zoe McLellan
as Edgemont Girl
Kate Pluchos
as Edgemont Girl
Jessica Rawlins
as Edgemont Girl
Kelsea Aryn Graham
as Young Greta
Jefferson Davis
as Test Center Teacher
Pirrko Haavisto
as Finnish Housekeeper
J.R. Knotts
as Foreman
Greg Germann
as Mr. Drew
Robert Blanche
as 1st Policeman
Ken Gillam
as 2nd Policeman
Roger Wilson
as Reno Man
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Critic Reviews for Imaginary Crimes

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

This teenage girl coming-of-age story boasts some fine performances, but is weakened by an overly familiar plot.

May 8, 2005

The obvious points of the movie are made quickly: That Ray is a liar and a con man, and his daughters are being raised in a world of self-deception and uncertainty. The deeper points emerge more slowly.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Keitel manages to endow this compulsive liar with a degree of tenderness. And the film, unusually literate and textured for today's Hollywood, presents him as an emblem for an uptight, self-deceiving era.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

All too familiar coming-of-age story.

February 23, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Imaginary Crimes


One of the most depressing movies I've ever seen. Harvey Keitel and Fairuza Balk are amazing though.

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