The Crow (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Crow (1994)



Critic Consensus: Filled with style and dark, lurid energy, The Crow is an action-packed visual feast that also has a soul in the performance of the late Brandon Lee.

Movie Info

Based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, this fantasy follows Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a rock musician who is murdered along with his fiancée, Shelly (Sofia Shinas), by a group of marauding thugs who terrorize the decaying city in which they live. One year to the day after his death (which happens to be Devil's Night), a mystical crow appears at Eric's grave; Eric rises from the dead and, with the bird as his guide, goes on a mission to avenge himself against Top Dollar (Michael Wincott), the leader of the gang who killed him. Star Brandon Lee was killed while filming a scene in which he was shot with a shell from an improperly cleaned gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. Like his father, martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, Brandon was fated to enjoy his greatest popular success after his premature death. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (For a great amount of strong violence and language, and for drug use and some sexuality.)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David J. Schow, John Shirley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 1998
LionsGate Entertainment


Brandon Lee
as Eric Draven
Ernie Hudson
as Albrecht
Michael Wincott
as Top Dollar
Sofia Shinas
as Shelly Webster
Tony Todd
as Grange
Jon Polito
as Gideon
Michael Berryman
as Skull Cowboy
Kim Sykes
as Annabella
Lou Criscuolo
as Uniform Cop #1
Todd Brenner
as Paramedic #1
Jeff Imada
as Braeden
Tim Parati
as Bad Ass Criminal
Tom Rosales
as Sanchez
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News & Interviews for The Crow

Critic Reviews for The Crow

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (14)

Alex Proyas's pulp revenge fantasy, based on a comic-book saga by James O'Barr, is dark, moody, and seductively overwrought; it's an amazingly pure expression of morbid adolescent romanticism.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's a pleasure to welcome The Crow -- a bird of a very different feather.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

As exploitation pictures go, I've seen a whole lot worse.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee, is like one long fright night. Even though it was photographed in color, the edge-of-darkness atmosphere descends on the audience like a shroud.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What's scary about The Crow is the story and the style itself: American Gothic, Poe-haunted nightmare, translated to the age of cyberpunk science fiction, revenge movies and outlaw rock 'n' roll, all set in a hideously decaying, crime-ridden urban hell.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If The Crow is forgettable entertainment, it can stand as an eerie epitaph for an actor who looked like he was on the way to better things.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Crow


A stylish, abnormally dark and dreary tale of a rock musician (the late Brandon Lee) who comes to life exactly a year after the death of he and his fiance in order to enact revenge on those that were responsible. What could have just been another forgettable, B-grade exploitation flick is enhanced by stunning visual flairs, as well as a rare passionate lead performance. It really is a shame Lee died before he got to see the final cut of this film, since he is simply sensational for every minute of its running time. Of course, it goes over-the-top throughout and its nihilistic, dystopian society that the original comic book painted starts to wear on one after a while, but these flaws are minor. If anything, see it for Lee's spirited performance, as well as some fantastic action scenes and some eye-popping visuals.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A dark, eerie, ominous feel from Alex Proyas, but a classic masterful performance by the late Brandon Lee. A cliche plot is covered by the star's excellence and dazzle-filled dialogue and execution. The Crow is a cult-film that continues to fascinate audience's to this day. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

The Crow Quotes

Eric Draven: Is that gasoline I smell?
– Submitted by Jimmy P (23 months ago)
Gideon: And you can choke on them you son of a bitch!
– Submitted by Jimmy P (23 months ago)
Skank: [frantic upon seeing Eric's picture] That's him! That's him! But he looked different. He was all painted up white like some sort of dead whore! I've seen him! T-Bird, he sent me in some road beers, right? Then he took him away. But, I chased him down. And he flash fried T-bird to his fucking car! [puts his flask to the sky] Aww, T-Bird here's to you buddy! [drinks his flask] "Fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!"
Top Dollar: [amused by Skank's behavior] Maybe we oughta just video tape this; play it back in slow motion.
– Submitted by David E (3 years ago)
Shelly: I love you.
Eric Draven: Say that again.
Shelly: I love you.
– Submitted by David E (3 years ago)

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