The Crow Reviews

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 10, 2013
As exploitation pictures go, I've seen a whole lot worse.
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
IGN DVD
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
EmanuelLevy.Com
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

Film4
July 14, 2010
[Features] a heartfelt romantic core and some handsome, acrobatic action sequences that do justice to Lee's undoubted martial mastery.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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
eFilmCritic.com
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Time Out
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
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
One of the most stunning, yet haunting, films ever made
| Original Score: 4/5
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