"Spicy real-life ingredients and a terrific international cast are frustratingly wasted in Alexandros Avranas' True Crime, in which Jim Carrey — essaying the most serious role of his mercurial career *— makes a reasonable stab at playing an obsessive Polish cop tackling that one inevitable last case before retirement."
The Hollywood Reporter
Avranas attempts to make use of casting Jim Carrey against type by allowing nearly all of the morbid comic relief to be generated by a lewd and lascivious Marton Csokas, here in prime over-the-top form as a bi(a)tchy, pretentious pulp author who churns out perverse novels which would be loosely defined as torture porn. Unfortunately, Carrey is more of a distraction, especially as we constantly expect him to break his dour, morose expression at every turn for a visual gag or punchline. Instead, he is presented here in dogged, monotonous close-ups, frequently juxtaposed with the sneering Csokas, meant to highlight their opposing personas as mere flip sides of the same coin. Their terse exchanges are impossible to take seriously, as are their shared, aggressive correspondences with Charlotte Gainsbourg’s worn looking Kasia, a drug addicted sexual abuse victim who seems to be playing both sides against the middle.
New one out ! Unfortunatly, it's the third one pointing out the exact same problems ...
Jim Carrey plays a Polish detective trying to unravel a surprisingly uninvolving Krakow murder in True Crime, a film in which all the real offences seem to be perpetrated against the viewer. Few motion pictures these days are this drab. There's a marked lack of visual flair here.
But the words on our man are -as I hoped for- interesting and positive ...
The fault lies neither with Carrey nor Gainsbourg. Carrey throws himself into the role with a grim-faced dedication, sobbing and screwing and vomiting with an intensity and seriousness which has been absent in his previous work. Carrey has taken a risk here, and, for him, True Crimes isn’t a disaster: even when the film fades from memory, it is clear that this could be a solid bridge for the 54 year-old former comic actor – almost unrecognisable here – to move into more serious roles, should he so wish.
That's not bad at all.