Crash Reviews

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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+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 5, 2005
By attempting to say everything about race, Haggis ultimately says nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 6, 2005
Crash mercilessly apes Magnolia.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
The movie is attempting to make a statement and it won't stop until you are aware of its statement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 5, 2005
The film's real message isn't anti-racism but pro-screenwriter. 'Look how many coincidences we can pile up!' it seems to say. 'Look at how these stories all interlock!'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
May 6, 2005
Controversy isn't nearly as intriguing when it is created merely for controversy's sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2006
Quickly turns into a preachy, soapbox movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
March 4, 2006
Obnoxious, hollow, and not at all as smart or important as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
August 11, 2005
An already over-eventful narrative -- what, another crash? -- teeters into melodramatic implausibility.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 1, 2005
White guilt run amok.
| Original Score: D
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 6, 2005
I'm sure the filmmakers want it to start a dialogue about race, but this film has about as much racially unifying power as Rodney King.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 8, 2005
A preposterous view of American life that bleakly covers the surface of the social problems it tried to paint with such broad brush strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
July 19, 2005
The L.A. of Crash is a distorted scale model of the city that [writer-director Paul] Haggis treats as if it were the city itself.
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 21, 2005
The contrivances of first-time director Paul Haggis's script ultimately hurt the film but this Crash is still worth a curious drive-by look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 3, 2005
Full of well-observed supporting riffs, Crash might've accumulated more frisson had it cast a clearer eye on how social tension actually plays.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 5, 2005
So much feeling, so much skill, so much seriousness, such an urgent moral agenda -- all of this must surely answer our collective hunger for a good movie, or even a great one, about race and class in a modern American city. Not even close.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 6, 2005
The characters and individual dramas remain interesting in a personal way, but the overall conception of Crash is hackneyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 6, 2005
Characters come straight from the assembly line of screenwriting archetypes, and too often they act in ways that archetypes, rather than human beings, do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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