Scott Brown
March 17, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Crime and Punishment

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
89 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/11/98
performer
Patrick Dempsey, Ben Kingsley, Julie Delpy
director
Joseph Sargent
distributor
Trimark Home Video
author
David Stevens
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Sweaty self-abasement is de rigueur for any adaptation of this philosophical classic, and, as the fleetingly homicidal Raskolnikov, Dempsey dishes it out — mercifully — in tablespoons, not quarts. Julie Delpy’s virtuous streetwalker and Kingsley’s serene inspector are also rendered with masterful understatement, especially for a TV movie. But the guilt-induced, Afterschool Special fantasies (used in lieu of Dostoyevsky’s fever-dream dialectics) are simply beyond redemption. B-

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