Crank Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 23, 2006
It's a promising concept, but instead of expending effort on, say, a coherent script, the filmmakers lazily rely on cheap editing tricks and gleefully relentless sadism.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2006
Leave it alone, or leave your brain and pocket change at the gate, strap yourself in and just enjoy the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 8, 2006
Viewers baffled by stuff happening for no particular reason should probably stay well away.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 7, 2006
For those who enjoy this brand of wholly mindless entertainment, Crank delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
September 5, 2006
Jason Stratham rampages through Los Angeles in this retread of Speed, but for a movie premised on unrelenting action, Crank proves fatally turgid.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 2, 2006
The movie is cranked up somewhere between stylish and proudly stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 2006
While Crank has its moments, the line stringing them together isn't wound taut enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 1, 2006
It's an E-ticket ride. But in the end, there's no heart, no moral to this story. And for all our sweat as viewers, the one thing we crave by Crank's closing credits is detox.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Associated Press
September 1, 2006
Writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's previous work lies mainly in making commercials -- the quick-cutting aesthetic employed here.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 1, 2006
It may stretch that hour a bit, but it doesn't waste a minute -- though it wastes everything else in its immediate vicinity. Your time as well? Not unless you don't have the stomach for wholesale property damage, mutilation and needles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2006
A jacked-up, unapologetically mindless bit of ADD-prescribed escapism that more or less delivers on a nifty premise.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 1, 2006
For all its busyness, Crank never develops much momentum, not least because an exploding heart doesn't carry quite the same stakes as an exploding bus.
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
September 1, 2006
If you stop to think too hard about any aspect of the story, things might fall apart; but stopping is something the movie never lets you do.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 1, 2006
Crank qualifies as a superior piece of slick, shallow-souled trash. And I mean that in the best sense of the term.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 1, 2006
So blatantly contrived it could be called The Fast and the Spurious, Crank has the small saving grace of being intentionally ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 1, 2006
It may be one of the loudest, most obnoxious (not to mention sexist) movies of the summer, but damned if it doesn't keep an audience in high gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anna Smith
Time Out
August 31, 2006
The film is so jubilantly over the top and aware of its own failings, it's hard not to laugh.