YMMV / An American Crime

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: It's a film about the real-life torture murder of an innocent teenage girl at the hands of her foster mother and various children. Does that sound like a movie you want to watch, want to have watched, or even a movie you can get through without feeling overwhelmed?
  • Fridge Horror:
    • The film is actually based on a true story. Let that sink in.
    • Jenny having to witness her older sibling's torture murder. That's going to haunt her.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The torture scenes are extremely hard to watch. It doubles as Fridge Horror when you realize what happened in real life was even worse.
    • The mere fact that Gertrude got children to enjoy torturing an innocent can seriously drain one's faith in humanity.
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Children and teenagers: Your foster parents want to torture you to death.
    • Parents: Don't trust anyone to take care of your children, unless you want them to suffer undeserved, cruel, and dragged out deaths.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Carole from Glee (Romy Rosemont) as Sylvia's mother, Evan Peters as Ricky.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • If you have any sympathy for Sylvia at all, expect to cry during the torture scenes.
    • Sylvia's Dying Dream of escaping and reuniting with her parents, who tearfully apologize for leaving Sylvia to live with Gertrude. It gets worse when it's revealed to be a dream and that Sylvia is dying. You knew the escape scene wouldn't last, but damn, how you wanted it to be real.
  • The Woobie:
    • Sylvia. She was an innocent who had her life cut short at 16, and she was killed very slowly and painfully.
    • Jenny. Imagine being forced to watch your older sibling being tortured to death and you can't do anything about it because you know that if you try, you'll get the same treatment.