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Crash Reviews

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Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 23, 2015
[Crash] is sharply observed and frequently extremely funny as well as artfully orchestrated.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 23, 2015
[Haggis] makes his directing debut with a screenplay that often seems rigged and contrived, but comes to life via excellent acting and a philosophical argument that bigotry and benevolence are inextricably intertwined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 23, 2015
Instead of heartwarming messages about forgiveness, it honours ambiguity and brings us close, closer than is comfortable, in fact, to what Americans today are really thinking about one another.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 23, 2015
[Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 23, 2015
Crash is a movie with problems, but those simply make Haggis' vision, his clear reflection of us, so powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis King
Tulsa World
February 23, 2015
Crash has its moments of wrenching tragedy and chaotic, overcrowded drama, mitigated by flashes of caustic humor and insights of stark truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 23, 2015
The dramatic tidiness of Crash dovetails the soap operatic strands into a facile contemporary j'accuse without ever addressing how race plays into the ideologies that enforce an oppressive order.
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
February 23, 2015
This is truly Hollywood at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 23, 2015
Crash is a very watchable and well-constructed piece of work, and a potential script masterclass: but its daringly supercharged fantasies of racial paranoia and humanist redemption are not to be taken too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
February 23, 2015
The script is clever, the racial theme is worthy of Newsnight, and the editing just sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2015
It's a bold effort that initially attempts to tackle the issue of racial conflict in a refreshingly unstinting way for a mainstream film. Ultimately, though, the story is too contrived to achieve the profundity it's striving for.
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
February 23, 2015
The message of brotherhood here is so unsubtle the cast might as well be asking the audience to sign a petition.
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
February 23, 2015
What makes Crash so gripping -- so terrifying in spots, so moving in others, and even a little funny at times -- is how nothing happens as we think it will.
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
February 23, 2015
The anxiousness to be provocative weighs too heavily. That said, Crash has the big ambitions we should get every week.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Keith A. Owens
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 23, 2015
Experiencing a movie like Crash is the equivalent of walking merrily down the road on a warm summer day, then suddenly falling neck-deep into ice-cold water.
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
February 23, 2015
Crash is the best film I've seen so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
February 23, 2015
Movies don't come better acted, as lucidly written or, most importantly, more capable of grabbing a viewer emotionally and intellectually than this exceptional ensemble drama about racial and ethnic relations in urban America today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Buskirk
Philadelphia Weekly
February 23, 2015
Watching the talented cast in Crash hurl venomous racial invective in their interlocking dramas may give the film a consistently charged atmosphere, but it's ultimately no more insightful than an hour of talk radio.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
February 23, 2015
Set in a simmering cauldron of racial tensions where subtle nuance can cut as deep as unambiguous hostility, it's a powerful drama about the often bewildering contradictions that underlie human behaviour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 23, 2015
The performances are all spot-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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