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Alex Cross (2012)



Critic Consensus: Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox do their best, but they're trampled by Rob Cohen's frustrating direction and a tasteless, lazily written screenplay.

Movie Info

Alex Cross follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller. -- (C) Lionsgatemore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Kerry Williamson, Marc Moss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
Box Office: $25.9M
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Tyler Perry
as Alex Cross
Matthew Fox
as Picasso
Edward Burns
as Thomas Kane
Jean Reno
as Giles Mercier
Carmen Ejogo
as Maria Cross
Cicely Tyson
as Nana Mama
Rachel Nichols
as Monica Ashe
Giancarlo Esposito
as Daramus Holiday
John C. McGinley
as Captain Richard Broo...
Stephanie Jacobsen
as Fan Yau Lee
Werner Daehn
as Erich Nunemacher
Yara Shahidi
as Janelle Cross
Sayeed Shahidi
as Damon Cross
Jessalyn Wanlim
as Paramita Megawati
Christian Mathis
as Fight Manager
Tim Holmes
as Referee
Ingo Rademacher
as Ingo Sacks
Tiren Jhames
as Guard Manning Statio...
Sonny Surowiec
as Hans Friedlich
Darcy Leutzinger
as Bomb Squad Head
Brian Jackson
as Bomb Squad Member
Christopher Stadulis
as Soon to Be Dead Man ...
Timothy J. Richardso...
as Soon to Be Dead Man ...
Timothy Richardson
as Soon to Be Dead Man ...
Steffen Dziczek
as Soon to be Dead Man ...
Ideene Dehdashti
as Screaming Girl
Dave Bender
as Lieutenant Max
Chris Wallis
as Computer Tech #1
Matt Frieden
as Computer Tech #2
Alexandra Ruddy
as Brookwell Aide
Keith Cameron
as Bodyguard
Rory Markham
as Nonad Stanisic
Tim Sitarz
as Packard Plant Rapist
E. Ray Goodwin
as Fan Yau Bodyguard #1
Danny Wynands
as Fan Yau Bodyguard #2
Simon Rhee
as Fan Yau Bodyguard #3
Andrew Comrie-Picard
as Mercier's Driver
I. Ketut Resi Yogi
as Bali Houseboy
I. Wayan Suwita
as Bali Police Captain ...
I. Ketut Arya Wijaya
as Bali Police Captain ...
Timothy Richardson
as Soon to Be Dead Man ...
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Critic Reviews for Alex Cross

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36)

[Perry] has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The usual over-familiar mélange of forensic evidence and titillating torture porn that reminds me why I don't watch network television procedurals.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

At least this confirms my long-held suspicion that Tyler Perry is drawn to bad scripts whether he wrote them or not.

Full Review… | July 21, 2013

The cliched plot and terrible dialogue make this so-called "thriller" nearly unbearable.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
John Hanlon Reviews

Where to start with all the things wrong with this film?

Full Review… | April 16, 2013
The Standard

Never quite rises above a run-of-the-mill, cop-chases-killer-thriller flick, or much expands beyond would happen if an hour-long TV drama was given an extra half-hour to stretch.

Full Review… | February 5, 2013
American Profile

Audience Reviews for Alex Cross

"Alex Cross should have stayed in the books. Well, at least this time around. I've seen the other movies (Kiss the Girls being a fav). The movie felt like a made for T.V. flick. I thought Matthew Fox did a pretty good job at playing crazy. Freaked me out a little. But the acting wasn't very good by him or Burns. But what really through me off the movie was Tyler Perry. He just did not belong in this role. His performance was bland and boring. I thought it would be interesting seeing him in an action role, and it was, but it wasn't very good. Rob Cohen could have done a better job here too. It's not something I would want to see again."


Super Reviewer

As a fan of the original Alex Cross movies (Kiss the Girls & Along Came a Spider) I was both excited and hesitant for this new incarnation. It got terrible reviews and left the theater very quickly before I could see it. After taking it in on DVD I must say that it isn't at all as bad as people said it was. I thought Tyler Perry did a great job in the role and the story was compelling. I even liked Mathew Fox as the villain. It's not the greatest movie ever but it's one I would easily watch again and will buy to add to the collection.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


Tyler Perry equips himself admirably to the action hero role, but he is drowned out by the implausible plot, mediocre dialogue, and rushed pace. There's some decent action in this film, but the finale is probably the worst part. Alex Cross' descent into a cop on the edge is not believable, mainly because of everything being so rushed and implausible leading up to the finale. This is one of those films that ends with a 1 on 1 fight that is lackluster and feels out of place completely. This film definitely doesn't try to do anything new and it does almost nothing better than mediocre. Matthew Fox's overacts as the villain, Edward Burns felt miscast as the buddy cop, and all of the females in the film get the axe by half way point. There's times when this film comes across as tasteless. On the other hand, it can be reasonably entertaining. There was considerable news about whether Tyler Perry could handle this role or if he would ruin the movie, but the opposite ended up happening: the movie ruined it for Tyler Perry. It's not terrible, but Alex Cross will probably be the nail in the coffin for the James Patterson series for quite some time (or possibly for good).

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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