Spoiler-Free Review of “Emily the Criminal” in Theaters: Aubrey Plaza Shines

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“Do you want to make $200 in an hour?”

Emily the Criminal premiered in theaters on August 12th 2022. The crime drama-thriller stars Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Jonathan Avigdori. It runs for approximately an hour and thirty-seven minutes.

Emily has been attempting to pay off her student debt, but finding a decent job becomes challenging because of her past criminal record. Desperate to make ends meet, she gets involved in a credit card scam as a dummy shopper.

Here is the trailer:

Emily the Criminal is an intriguing story filled with thrilling moments and a brilliant performance by Aubrey Plaza. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Aubrey Plaza is fantastic!

I am a huge fan of Aubrey Plaza. She typically does well in comedy films, but I much prefer her in darker movies like Ingrid Goes West. This is where she really shines in my opinion. I had high hopes for this one and I think that she delivered and then some!

She drew me in immediately with her portrayal of Emily. This was a darker role for sure, but she managed to express so many different emotions as well. I think this was probably my favorite performance by her yet and I am so happy I got to see this one on the big screen!

A thriller rooted in realness.

I was completely hooked by this story! These crimes really happen in society every single day, but it was so interesting seeing things from the criminal’s perspective. Emily could be literally anyone who is in need of cash and unable to get a fair shot at a job, which naturally made you want to root for her even when she was breaking the law. Once she got into this world of crime, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

The Cons:

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Some pacing issues here and there…

This wasn’t a major con, but there were some pacing issues throughout the film that slowed things down a little. I initially thought we were going to get more of a thrilling heist style movie and things didn’t have that fast-paced edge I was expecting, but I still think that the movie did enough to reel the audience in.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

Aubrey Plaza’s best performance yet! 

A thrilling and captivating story!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Emily the Criminal in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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