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Crown Heights

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Matt Ruskin

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About the Movie

In 1980, a young man named Marvin Grant was gunned down in Flatbush Brooklyn. Clarence Lewis, a 15-year-old with a penchant for lying, told the police he “saw what happened” and was pressured to identify a suspect. This set into motion a series of events that led to the arrest of Colin Warner, an innocent teenager who lived in nearby Crown Heights. The police investigation was marred by misconduct and coercion of witnesses, culminating in a bizarre trial in which an innocent man was tried alongside the actual perpetrator. Both men were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 70
  • Fresh: 54
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like its protagonist, sensitively and shrewdly played by Lakeith Stanfield, the film is soft-spoken and thoughtful, with sweet, lyrical touches that alleviate some of the grimness without blunting the cruelty and injustice of what happened. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Aug 17, 2017

Fresh: An uncaring system putting blameless men behind bars has been a cinematic staple as far back as Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" and likely further. But few examples have been as effective as the fact-based "Crown Heights." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Aug 24, 2017

Rotten: Most of Crown Heights ... suffers from structural confusion. – Danny King, Village Voice, Aug 22, 2017

Fresh: Stanfield is exceptional, his visage a mixture of bewilderment, humiliation, and simmering rage. His performance grounds the film, and keeps it going through its less confident patches. – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice, Jan 30, 2017

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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