Atmosphere is about all Cracks has going for it. Although it's nominally set between the wars, the movie feels rootless and adrift, less a fable than a story only half told.
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Cracks simply doesn't make the grade.
Alas, the hopelessly miscast Green is too darn French, lacking the voraciously loony brio it takes to play Miss G.
The movie's realistic portrayal of the ingredients that can lead to bullying and other forms of unkindness inflicted on outsiders by those in power, speaks strongly to viewers watching in the 21st century.
Scott excels in maintaining a low, persistent hum of eroticism whose purpose is not titillation or camp.
Cracks stumbles down the stretch, when the melodrama finally washes in and the behavior becomes more extreme.
May not appeal to every taste, but it marks an arresting feature debut for Jordan Scott, a director who is well worth watching.
In many ways Cracks is lurid and rickety. But its gripping ensemble performances lend it an emotional intensity that outweighs its shortcomings.
Scott's feature debut is beautifully filmed and offers an unexpectedly shocking ending.