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Crash (2005)

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75

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 150 | Rotten: 49

A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 11

A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.

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Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional

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Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco

Sep 6, 2005

$55.4M

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All Critics (199) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (150) | Rotten (49) | DVD (36)

Ultimately, Crash succeeds in spite of itself. Its color war starts to feel obvious and schematic. Its coincidences and cliches become like a pileup on the 405 freeway, but there it is -- you find yourself rubbernecking and can't manage to look away.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Haggis moves seamlessly between all these stories and has structured them in such a way that his characters reach a crisis point simultaneously, followed by melancholy clarity.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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It's smart, therefore, that Haggis has written such novel, precisely observed, often unpleasant characters as the ones Bullock, Dillon, and Cheadle inhabit.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
New York Magazine
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Enjoy the wonderful performances by a cast very committed to the cause.

August 30, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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An already over-eventful narrative -- what, another crash? -- teeters into melodramatic implausibility.

August 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[Has a] spirited and talented ensemble cast, which Haggis directs with sensitivity.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Provocative, moving and powerful, this multi-stranded LA story is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. Just don't drive to see it.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

While it's hard not to admire Haggis' ambition here, his lofty aspirations sapped Crash of any real ingenuity or emotional punch.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comments (9)
Film and Felt

A masterpiece that deserves to be watch and discussed.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A hard-hitting film whose seemingly unconnected stories and characters intersect boldly, jolting us into a raw awareness of the volatility of ethnic mix in which we live.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The script by director Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco has a scolding air to it, and watching the movie is like taking a dose of castor oil -- probably good for us but not a lot of fun.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Crash is, easily, one of the strongest American films in years. When it was over, I sat in my chair, shell-shocked in stunned silence, trying to sort out my tangled emotions.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

Don't let yourself get carried away by the raves: Crash is solid but no masterpiece.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Mr. Haggis offers no easy answers, just hard questions.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

a searingly powerful, at times transcendent, examination of a nation's culture, alienated from, and afraid of, itself.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A film teeming with solemn recognition of the nasty complexities of living in a multicultural society, and much of what remains unspoken racially in America being neatly shoved under a complacent rug.

May 22, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

For a violent film, it is inordinately humane and refreshingly unpredictable.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This articulate and particularly poignant mood piece demands nothing of its audience, except for some brutally honest introspection about our unquestioned presumptions about the human condition. Easily, the best film of 2005.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: BlackNews.com
BlackNews.com

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

a corny Hollywood attempt at a social problem drama, well acted enough to recommend

August 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Comments (2)
Cinema Writer

Stereotypes had painfully little to the discourse of American prejudice.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (3)
Cinema Sight

Filters every scene… through the prism of race, but keeps turning the prism around and around until the colors no longer matter and we see only what the characters do.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Quickly turns into a preachy, soapbox movie.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

Obnoxious, hollow, and not at all as smart or important as it thinks it is.

March 4, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (12)
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Audience Reviews for Crash

After re-watching this, I have to conclude that it did not deserve the Oscar for that year. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth watching.
January 21, 2014
Raajay

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"Crash" is trash.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 8/29
August 3, 2013
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

Solidly entertaining racial soap opera melodrama.
May 22, 2013
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

This well intentioned story of intertwining lives in the cultural melting pot that is Los Angeles is an ambitious attempt to explore the grey area outside of political correctness. Nearly all of the characters display racism to various extents but it's done so in a way as to create three dimensional characters without demonization. It's sensitively directed and well played by all concerned with Terrence Howard in particular bringing depth to his black studio exec who suffers humiliation at the hands of the LAPD. Paul Haggis cut his teeth on TV comedy drama and it is very apparent here; the unlikely series of coincidences that unites the characters seems overly contrived and there is one too many of the kind of pop music montages that are the hallmark of lightweight American TV drama. It is well meaning and nicely executed but the need Haggis shows to tie all of the themes up in a nice big bow for the audience seems just a little patronizing.
May 1, 2012
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    1. Anthony: Time is money.
    – Submitted by Jean R (12 months ago)
    1. Graham Waters: It's the sense of touch.
    2. Ria: What?
    3. Graham Waters: In the real city you, you walk, you know? You brush past people. People bump into you. In L.A. nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.
    – Submitted by Jean R (13 months ago)
    1. Daniel: So she reaches into her backpack and she pulls out this invisible cloak and she ties it around my neck. And she tells me that it's impenetrable. You know what impenetrable means? It means nothing can go through it. No bullets, nothing. She told me that if I wore it, nothing would hurt me. So I did. And my whole life, I never got shot, stabbed, nothing. I mean, how weird is that?
    – Submitted by Mati M (13 months ago)
    1. Graham Waters: Well, fuck you very much. But thanks for thinking of me
    – Submitted by Mati M (13 months ago)
    1. Officer Tom Hanson: You think you know who you are. You had no idea.
    – Submitted by Carlos S (24 months ago)
    1. Graham Waters: In any real city, you walk, you brush past people, and people bump into you. In L.A, nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.
    – Submitted by Alejandro O (2 years ago)
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