Friday evening saw the World Premiere of “Uncut Gems” from Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie at the Telluride Film Festival. The movie hoped to launch Adam Sandler and the Safdie Brothers into the Oscar race.
“Uncut Gems” stars Sandler and is co-directed by the Safdie Brothers, who also penned the script with Ronald Bronstein. The plot, according to IMDb, is as follows:
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.
J Don Birnam had this to say:
You can’t deny the talent of the Safdie Brothers but #uncutgems is an endurance sport of sound— much of the time pointless and annoyingly grating. I suspect, however, that adherents will be pleased at the nonstop thrill ride #TellurideFilmFestival #Telluride
— J Don Birnam (@jdonbirnam) August 31, 2019
Rodrigo Perez chimed in with this kinetic take:
#UncutGems: Safdie’s take the throbbing, heartracing insanity of #GoodTime, douse it in gasoline & light it up. Cocaine the movie, a stress-inducing, hyperengaging portrait of spiraling desperation. Adam Sandler is ferocious, and unstoppable. 🧨 #TellurideFilmFestival
— Rodrigo Perez 📽🎞📺 (@YrOnlyHope) August 31, 2019
Scott Feinberg was entertained:
UNCUT GEMS is gonna strongly divide people, just like the Safdies’ last film, GOOD TIME. I was entertained. Think TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE meets A SERIOUS MAN… with Adam Sandler as the poor schmuck at the center of it all!
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) August 31, 2019
Eric Kohn is one of the bigger fans of the movie out there:
Yes, yes, Adam Sandler rules. But the nerve-rattling fun of UNCUT GEMS is how it synthesizes every Safdie bros movie before it, from GOOD TIME to DADDY LONGLEGS to LENNY COOKE in a mesmerizing chronicle of desperate schemes…think MEAN STREETS meets Preston Sturges. #Telluride
— erickohn (@erickohn) August 31, 2019
Chris Willman loved it too:
“Uncut Gems” is first rate. Adam Sandler’s best performance; I say that as a big “Punch Drunk Love” fan. Martin Scorsese exec-produced, and none of his movies feel as cocaine-fueled as this one (even though there is only a flash of cocaine in the movie). #Telluride #Telluride2019
— Chris Willman (@ChrisWillman) August 31, 2019
Leah Greenblatt praised Sandler:
— Leah Greenblatt (@Leahbats) August 31, 2019
K Austin Collins was not a fan:
Matt Neglia is a fan of Sandler’s performance but not the film itself:
UNCUT GEMS features Adam Sandler’s best performance to date. However, this movie is loud, deranged and quite frankly, unpleasant at times. It never lets up with its blasting score, and overlapping dialogue screamed so loudly that you care barely make anything out. #Telluride
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) August 31, 2019
Miriam Bale had a different take:
UNCUT GEMS is a masterpiece. Finally a movie that understands basketball > movies.
— Miriam Bale (@mimbale) August 31, 2019