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Crave (2013)


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A downtrodden photographer, haunted by the urban violence and decay around him, retreats into an inner world of dark fantasies. Those dangerous visions explode in reality with deadly consequences when his intoxicating new relationship with a beautiful young woman goes sour. (c) Phase 4


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Charles de Lauzirika

Mar 10, 2014

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (9)

The guy fancies himself a hero, when in reality he's the person constantly thinking of witty comebacks after the fact.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Helmer-writer Charles de Lauzirika's accomplished debut feature is too funny and self-aware to be disturbing, but it's certainly memorable.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Psycho film noir in the crumbling inner city has the right idea but lacks depth.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: It's Just Movies
It's Just Movies

A tedious bore from start to finish...

December 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

An artful if overlong howl of urban lamentation that puts an intriguingly melancholic top-spin on notions of vigilantism.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

A creepy and deliberately paced thriller that is effective in its unpleasantness ...

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source:

[The actors are] all undermined by not just the clichéd story but director/co-writer Charles de Lauzirika's misguided tone, which veers from straight-up impotent fury to a clunky humor that's just not funny in the story's overall context.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

For those of you expecting a rousing tale of vigilante justice and psychological thrills, you'll sadly be craving a completely different film once you realize the one you're watching has a strong grasp on neither aspect.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Crave is nothing but empty movie-shout-out posturing.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

The film's method of admitting its own hypocrisy so as to enable it to further indulge said hypocrisy grows more grating than if it were merely indifferently conceived junk like Falling Down.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The fantasy urban vigilante pic ends with a whimper instead of a bang.

November 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Putting aside the nagging sensation that you may have seen this type of character study before, Crave proves to be an impressive career-maker for all involved.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source:

Voice-over is always a dangerous prospect, and Crave is a perfect example of why you should think twice before using it, especially if your character's inner monologue isn't really worth listening to.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Crave

A crime-scene photographer romances a younger woman in his apartment building, while suffering delusions and fantasies about becoming a vigilante. This movie is trying so hard to be like its big brother TAXI DRIVER that it hurts to watch at times; it has a certain grotty charm and good performances, but needed a huge wallop of subtlety.
May 16, 2014
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What we crave is a better movie! The previews set this thing up to look like a film version of Dexter, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The story follows a crime scene photographer who had enough of the injustice of the world and the horrible things he sees. He fantasizes about become a vigilantly and doing the things the police can't do, but there's a problem. He doesn't have any balls. The story presented in the previews and on the back of the box is just a description of the back story. The actual film centers around a love story, that doesn't exist. Photographer Aiden (Josh Lawson) is having sex with his neighbor Virginia (Emma Lung) who is half his age. Aiden believes he's fallen in love and obsesses over Virginia, but all she sees him as is a friend with benefits. Josh Lawson stars and he was actually pretty good, but what's the point of being good in a film that doesn't make any sense. Lines come out of nowhere and entire scenes occur that leave the audience wondering if it's really happening or just another of Aiden's fantasies. Perhaps, the worst part of this film is the narration. While Lawson does give a good performance, his character narrates his thoughts throughout the film, a jumbled mess of ridiculousness that gets old by the 30 minute mark. While there are a couple of interesting scenes, a solid performance by the lead, and one of my favorite actors, Edward Furlong, Crave is just one big mess of confusion that is most definitely not worth your time.
June 15, 2014

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