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Crash (1996)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 55,704


Movie Info

After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly drawn to a mysterious subculture of people who have transformed automobile accidents into erotic events. Like the J.G. Ballard novel that inspired it, David Cronenberg's study of the sexual dimension of man's relationship to technology was a magnet for controversy, drawing a NC-17 rating and criticism from several sources, including studio owner Ted Turner, who attempted to prevent the film's American … More

NC-17 (For numerous explicit sex scenes)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
David Cronenberg
In Theaters:
Nov 17, 1998
Box Office:


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Critic Reviews for Crash

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (21) | DVD (4)

For a movie obsessed with the connection between sexual intercourse and car accidents, David Cronenberg's Crash could hardly be more stationary.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

While the director remains firmly behind the wheel for the first hour or so, he cracks up toward the end with sequences that send the film and the audience into a ditch.

Full Review… | September 9, 2008
Top Critic

It's a dark, disturbing, languorous movie, as ludicrous, hermetic and repetitive, perhaps, as Ballard's original, but admirably assured and true to itself.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Cronenberg, for once oddly inhibited by brazen subject matter, has made a meticulously stylized and controlled film that leaves many of its characters' ideas muffled and lacks the true audacity its material demands.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

"Crash" doesn't extend beyond its most immediate sensationalism. When the movie does attempt to find a theme, it slams into a brick wall of mumbo-jumbo.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

So far from being involving or compelling, so intentionally disconnected from any kind of recognizable emotion, that by comparison David Lynch's removed "Lost Highway" plays like "Lassie Come Home."

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[A] necessarily disturbing and equally profound inquiry into human desire, however self-destructive.

Full Review… | November 12, 2012
Slant Magazine

With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

Crash is a mutant work of art -- a bracing splash of ice water.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Wildly unwatchable, as if someone had made Andy Warhol's Frankenstein without being in on the joke.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
F5 (Wichita, KS)

It's the cold survival logic of Darwin, where libertarians leave their past behind as if it were dead.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005
Slant Magazine

A stylish, intriguing and typically warped vision that hybridises the imaginations of Ballard and Cronenberg.

Full Review… | October 29, 2003

In that re-identification of "otherness," he betrays his awe of humanity.

Full Review… | March 9, 2003
Film Freak Central

One of the most uncomfortable movies I've ever seen.

Full Review… | February 5, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Crash is a violently rare exception to the continually careful stride of film, and few films have been made with such a conviction to such inherently controversial material.

Full Review… | November 5, 2002
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It may be the best movie you'll never want to see.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

While it is brilliantly crafted on a technical level, Crash is completely devoid of any human emotion, which only serves to distance the viewer farther than he or she already is.

Full Review… | September 11, 2002
Q Network Film Desk

Disturbing film about the tendency of many modern people to eroticize danger.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Cronenberg may feel it's necessary to temper explosive content with conspicuously tame style lest he lose any hope of a popular audience; whatever his motivation, though, I find his recent movies more compelling in conception than execution.

Full Review… | April 17, 2002
Film Scouts

Lacking compulsion, Cronenberg's film is just repetition. It may crash, but it doesn't burn.

Full Review… | March 24, 2002
Boston Phoenix

To say this movie is sick is too facile. Let's just say it's perverse. Crash is a grotesque film filled with vacuous characters and a destitute theme.

April 8, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Crash

outstanding cronenberg work, more disturbing than anything i've seen since...'dead ringers'! don't watch if you're at all frightened of driving!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

In my opinion, this film is a masterpiece by Cronenberg. Features a frightening performance from Elias Koteas.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

I seem to have been the only person who HADN'T seen this movie so I decided to give it a watch and at the end of it, I kinda wish I had remained a Crash virgin for the rest of my life. Don't get me wrong, I love gratuitous sex on many levels but this film just didn't deliver any real plot to me. So they were in a car crash, then they became nymphs? If there is any poetry in this movie it was lost on me. Half a star for the idea, which was original, half a star for the Cronenberg name and then one massive star for the tattoo sucking scene between Spader and Koteas.

Unknown Hobo

Super Reviewer

From Cronenberg, director of disturbing sci-fi/horror movies, comes a disturbing romantic drama, Crash. The subject matter is morbid and incredibly strange, as a group of people find themselves turned on by car crashes. I really liked this movie because it is unique for one thing, but also because of the great actors who do a brilliant job with such strange characters. If this movie sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend it.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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