Uncut Gems Movie Review

“Uncut Gems”

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Movie Matter: 6/10 stars

Release: 2019

Genre: Drama

Available: Netflix


“Uncut Gems” tells the story of Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a scum bag jewelry-store owner in New York City’s Diamond District.

Howard operates his life like a poorly constructed Ponzi scheme. He is a compulsive gambler, and his addiction to high risk sports betting puts him (and his family) in danger constantly.

When Howard comes across some extremely rare “uncut” gemstones from Ethiopia, he sees the opportunity to turn his life around by placing the “bet of a lifetime”.

The film “centers” around Howard’s (fictional) friendship, and semi-working relationship with NBA All-Star, Kevin Garnett. Howard’s “bet of a lifetime” hinges on KG’s performance in a key 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Playoff matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76’ers. 

While KG doesn’t “see a lot of minutes” in terms of acting in this two-hour and fifteen-minute movie thriller, his performance was shockingly good. I also think his assistant Demaney (LaKieth Stanfield) really brought the movie together, and added a realistic feel to the movie that KG and Howard wouldn’t have had alone. 

“Uncut Gems” is an intense thriller from start to finish (literally), and is one hundred percent worth checking out. It’s an ideal movie to watch at home because everything happens so fast.

Overall, the film is a true original, and unlike any other movie I’ve ever seen. However, I think the movie gets a little exhausting at points, and I think Sandler could have dialed it back a little bit on his character, but other than that I thought it was a good movie. Overall, I’m giving Uncut Gems 6 out of 10 stars.