Adam Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, diamond dealer in this undiluted view of a spiral to the bottom. Led entirely by his compulsions, Howard has made his last bad bet when a precious cargo of uncut opals arrives from Ethiopia. Now he’s got to juggle NBA players, aspiring rappers, loan sharks, bookies, mistresses and bad guys to use the stone to save himself from oblivion.
Uncut Gems is an anxiety-inducing heart attack of a picture, a brilliantly grimy look at the true underworld beneath the glittering surface. Having put Robert Pattinson through the ringer in Good Time, here the Safdie Brothers guide Adam Sandler to a performance that he can put on the mantel next to Punch-Drunk Love.