Owen Gleiberman
November 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Imaginary Crimes

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Fairuza Balk, Harvey Keitel
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

Ray Weiler (Harvey Keitel), a widower with two daughters, is the daddy as dysfunctional teddy bear: He’s a boozer and con artist who’s always nattering on about his latest get-rich-quick scheme-yet we’re cued to see in every scene that he cares. Keitel’s performance never gels; he’s too busy leaping from sweetness to tyrannical stubbornness to give us a glimpse of Ray’s heart. More impressive is Fairuza Balk as the teenage Sonya, who has begun to figure out what a flake her father is. Balk, her wary intelligence shining through piercing gray-blue eyes, has a sensual melancholy that evokes the young Judy Garland. Too bad the sketchy, dawdling script turns her into a passive reactor. C-

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