The Crime Boss

The Crime Boss

The Crime Boss

Two low-level drug runners (Liam Hemsworth and Clarke Duke, who also co-writes and directs) double-cross their boss (Vince Vaughn) in this crime thriller co-starring John Malkovich and Vivica A. Fox.

Kyle (Hemsworth) and Swin (Duke) are supposed to be blending in, but Swin finds himself in love with a local girl (Eden Brolin) while Kyle begins to fly dangerously close to the sun in trying to uncover who his boss, Frog, really is. Feeling threatened by the trio, Frog moves to make an example of them.

The Crime Boss was released in the US under the title Arkansas. It's based on the novel Arkansas by John Brandon.

2020Rating: R16115 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

What doesn’t work so well is the last stretch, which aims at a more mournful, serious tone than relatively breezy earlier events have earned.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The performances in Arkansas—including Hemsworth’s and Duke’s—are excellent across the board. And the script features some wonderfully old-school hardboiled dialogue, like when Her says she likes boys like Kyle and Swin, “Who don’t get hung up on having a long life.”

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Leaving aside a hackneyed third-act development, which provides some pathos that isn’t wholly earned, the film’s insistence on keeping the stakes low throughout is probably its key strength.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

“I always suspected that I didn’t want the desirable things in life — women, cars, houses — the things people use to chisel out a tidy philosophy of life. I was just as pleased to get drunk or drink a bunch and not get drunk.” If those words speak to you, Arkansas is a movie destination that won’t disappoint.

3.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

That kind of gallow’s humor defines the surface tone of “Arkansas,” which often feels like a riff on “Breaking Bad,” only now it’s more about how sad it is to be poor white trash.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Underwhelming, despite a surprising abundance of talent.

Variety

Variety

press

What doesn’t work so well is the last stretch, which aims at a more mournful, serious tone than relatively breezy earlier events have earned.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The performances in Arkansas—including Hemsworth’s and Duke’s—are excellent across the board. And the script features some wonderfully old-school hardboiled dialogue, like when Her says she likes boys like Kyle and Swin, “Who don’t get hung up on having a long life.”

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Leaving aside a hackneyed third-act development, which provides some pathos that isn’t wholly earned, the film’s insistence on keeping the stakes low throughout is probably its key strength.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

“I always suspected that I didn’t want the desirable things in life — women, cars, houses — the things people use to chisel out a tidy philosophy of life. I was just as pleased to get drunk or drink a bunch and not get drunk.” If those words speak to you, Arkansas is a movie destination that won’t disappoint.

3.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

That kind of gallow’s humor defines the surface tone of “Arkansas,” which often feels like a riff on “Breaking Bad,” only now it’s more about how sad it is to be poor white trash.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Underwhelming, despite a surprising abundance of talent.

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