giffapolus’s review published on Letterboxd:
"You think you're good people. You're not good people. Trust me, there's no such thing as good people."
When a story is about a bad person vs. a worse person, the biggest thing that the filmmakers have to get right is to give nuance to the bad person. If they fail in that regard, then it becomes very difficult to care about the character or story. I Care a Lot ironically has not a lot to care about. If you know that you're going to be impressed by another unhinged and cold performance by Rosamund Pike, then this movie will be a fun time. However no matter how well Pike could play her character, there was no reason for me to care about her story.
The movie apparently wants me to root for Pike's character because she is getting karma for scamming old people out of their money. It's not thrilling to see a character like hers get the spotlight for the majority of the runtime, and I did not feel any remorse when the expected ending came. It's not nuanced enough to be a character study and it's not engaging enough to be fun. I Care a Lot is a movie that has all the bark, but none of the bite.