The Crow Reviews

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
Top Critic
April 10, 2013

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.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 10, 2013

This lurid thriller is long on nasty shocks but short on spontaneity, intelligence, and good acting.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
April 10, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 10, 2013

The Crow also runs a huge villain deficit.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
April 10, 2013

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

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
April 10, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 10, 2013

The movie's central value and its most melancholy tone -- Lee's star presence. It's amazing and it's tragic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 10, 2013

A stylized revenge fantasy of dark beauty.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
April 10, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012

The Crow is a visually immersive, emotionally wrought comic adaptation and one of the best gothic tales ever made.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
April 16, 2011

Stronger visually than thematically, this romantic film noir is utterly seductive

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
July 14, 2010

Style over content, sure, but what style...

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2010

[Features] a heartfelt romantic core and some handsome, acrobatic action sequences that do justice to Lee's undoubted martial mastery.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
July 7, 2010

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 | Original Score: C+
David Ansen
Top Critic
May 12, 2008

It succeeds in bringing O'Barr's comic-book vision to life, but there's little else going on behind the graphic razzle-dazzle and the moody, ominous soundtrack.

Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007

Simply more of the same gritty superhero nonsense that appeals to depressed 15-year-old boys. And it's not done all that well, either.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 16, 2007

A gorgeous black valentine that captures the essence of adolescent misery, coupled with a wildly romantic vision of the power of pure love to overcome all obstacles -- even the grave.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Todd McCarthy
Top Critic
April 16, 2007

A seamless, pulsating, dazzlingly visual revenge fantasy that stands as one of the most effective live-actioners ever derived from a comic strip.

Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Visually, it's a treat; characterisation is sharp, particularly the nicely defined villains; and the action scenes, though soft-pedalled, still pack a satisfying crunch.

Clint Morris
May 6, 2005

One of the most stunning, yet haunting, films ever made

| Original Score: 4/5
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