Alex Cross Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 27, 2012
[Perry] has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 22, 2012
Alex Cross is coarse, punishing, and, in all the ways that matter, conscienceless ...
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 21, 2012
So cloddish, slapdash, gracelessly written, and visually fugly that it's difficult to distinguish Perry's limitations in the role from those of the whole unpleasant enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
October 19, 2012
A strong candidate for dumbest film of the year ...
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 19, 2012
For a franchise with an off-the-charts nuanced thinker as its protagonist, Alex Cross isn't very smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 19, 2012
Perry's supposed to be its center. And as an actor - certainly as a movie star - he's absolutely nowhere to be found.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 19, 2012
Tyler Perry finds it easier to step out of Madea's dress than into Morgan Freeman's shoes in the thriller Alex Cross, a trite attempt at franchise building.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
October 19, 2012
Stripped down to his undershirt or brandishing an assault rifle, Perry looks both incongruous and ridiculous - an icon out of water.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 19, 2012
It feels almost cruel to laugh at such a blindly stumbling, dunderheaded action-thriller, but you won't be able to help it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 19, 2012
There's still a marketplace for a smart, well-crafted cat-and-mouse thriller. But "Alex Cross" isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 19, 2012
Cohen squanders a surprisingly recognizable cast on a half-baked plot adapted from James Patterson's series of novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 19, 2012
The first thing you'll want to know about "Alex Cross" is: Can Tyler Perry carry it off? The answer is: Sort of, but not really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2012
"Alex Cross" is a good example of what a seriously talented director can do with a heaping pile of garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 18, 2012
The opening scene of "Alex Cross" serves notice of what's to come by taking us down into a Detroit sewer.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 18, 2012
A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2012
[Cross] has a really bad temper, really big guns and really bad dialogue. He will use all of them excessively if pushed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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October 18, 2012
As goofy as it is gruesome.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 18, 2012
From its cliché opening -- an irrelevant gun battle and chase -- to its derivative climax, this is a film with decades of dust on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 18, 2012
If I hadn't had to stay awake, I would have slept though the whole thing. At home.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 18, 2012
Perry is a likable presence, but the movie around him is such a mess that he never gets to prove his potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 18, 2012
Cohen's resume argues that he's a better action director than this; the laziness is inexcusable. The denouement is easily decoded and suitably cheesy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 18, 2012
Clichéd, improbable, and frequently risible.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
October 18, 2012
The movie is ugly in spirit and looks. All Alex Cross spiked was my appreciation for Morgan Freeman, the original cinematic Alex Cross.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2012
Formulaic serial-killer crapola ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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William Goss
Film.com
October 18, 2012
Perry is no more out of his depth here than anyone else in the cast.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 18, 2012
Somebody got it wrong. A lot of people got it wrong. And the result is one of the most ridiculous, laughable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
October 18, 2012
Picture Alan Alda in the title role of "Dirty Harry," and you have a good idea why Tyler Perry playing a hard-edged cop in "Alex Cross" doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 18, 2012
"Alex Cross" is a grim yet silly piece of work, even as serial-killer thrillers go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2012
The closer Cohen rams the camera to his pummeling actors, the more you don't know what's actually transpiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
October 18, 2012
It's downright painful to watch Perry struggle to take over James Patterson's forensic-psychologist hero Alex Cross ...
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2012
The direction by Rob Cohen is so careless that the film's climax is set up by a car crash that, if I am not mistaken, is completely coincidental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 17, 2012
If you've seen Tyler Perry's Good Deeds or Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too, you know that a non-Madea Perry barely registers on the screen.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 17, 2012
Tyler Perry should not give up his day job. At least not until he chooses better dramatic vehicles for branching out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 17, 2012
Casting Perry as Cross was a bad idea, though it's not necessarily the worst in a movie built on bad ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 16, 2012
You almost feel sorry for Tyler Perry, stepping out of his own universe for the first time to try to expand his range and finding himself in something as thoroughly dismal as Alex Cross.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 15, 2012
The director acquits himself on the action front, but makes the simple procedural elements feel wooden and melodramatic, particularly in sappy home-life scenes.