Review: ‘Uncut Gems’


“Uncut Gems” is a film that represents how decisions can lead to something bad. My overall rating of the film is a 3 out of 5. There were scenes that took too long, some that’ll have your head scratching, and scenes that didn’t support the overall plot.

Directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, the film was released nationwide last year on Christmas Day. Starring Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, Kevin Garnett as himself, and Idina Menzel as Howard’s wife, Dinah Ratner.

“Uncut Gems” is about a jewelry store owner, Howard Ratner, trying to balance his business and his family with a high-stakes gambling lifestyle in New York City. He soon runs into trouble and realizes that’s not the lifestyle he wants.

What I got out of the film is that the theme is about high-risks and high-rewards. Though I liked the overall theme, I felt that there were some unnecessary scenes that didn’t go with the plot and didn’t support the character development of Howard.

What I also didn’t like about the film is that some of the scenes were too long and drawn out, such as the opening and the ending scenes. Kevin Garnett being in the film was cool, but I felt like his casting in the film was quite random. However, Howard’s character keeps you on the edge of your seat with his risky lifestyle and the nail biting situations he puts himself in.

I think that the film is definitely a must watch. It got a 8/10 on IMDb, a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 90% Metacritic.