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The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

The Crow: City of Angels


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: The Crow: City of Angels is a sloppy pretender that captures neither the mood nor energy of the original.

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: The Crow: City of Angels is a sloppy pretender that captures neither the mood nor energy of the original.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 64,632


Movie Info

It is said that when a man dies wrongfully, a crow may bring him back to life to seek vengeance upon his killer. Like the first Crow, this revenge saga is set in a fantastical urban nightmare and is based upon the dark comic book stories of artist James O. Barr. The first film was set in a horrifying Detroit. The second is set in a similar version of Los Angeles. This time, the crow flies on behalf of Ashe, a motorcycle mechanic who was murdered along with his young son after they have witnessed … More

R (For strong violence, drug content, language and sexuality.)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Feb 3, 1998


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Critic Reviews for The Crow: City of Angels

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (29) | DVD (6)

Even for teens hooked on the grandiloquence of death-metal masochism, the movie may seem closer to an endless Sunday in church.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Stunningly awful.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
Top Critic

Although the setting has moved from Detroit to LA, the stylised urban wasteland, morbid atmosphere and basic plot remain the same.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Fans of both O'Barr's source inspiration and Brandon Lee's initial embodiment may want to nit-pick, but this Crow has something to crow about.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

The city of overacting, the city of bad writing and the city of truly dreadful sequels.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It verges on the misanthropic and necrophiliac; more in love with the absence of characters, their demise, than with flesh and blood.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Memo to Edward R. Pressman: Gloomy Goth teens like the Romeo and Juliet stuff, not parental devotion from beyond the grave.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I highly recommend watching the original, instead of this dud.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Vincent Perez is game, but he--nor anyone involved in this sloppy production--can erase the fond memories of the late Brandon Lee.

Full Review… | January 8, 2005

Worst of the Crow franchise, which should have ended with Brandon Lee and the entertaining first film.

March 19, 2003

Looks pretty, but bad scripting makes this an incoherent sequel to the goth classic/

February 2, 2003
New Times

Why didn't the producers save all the money they spent on these great sets and brilliant special effects for a script worthy of them?

February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

One of the year's most grueling cinematic ordeals.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

More than anything I've seen from Hollywood lately, City of Angels smacks baldly of product -- it's a movie with a lousy script but a great look.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Despite poetic overtones, this film is a hack job--an overlit, underdirected, barely scripted longform music video celebrating violence and bastard amber gel.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Boxoffice Magazine

A pseudo-spiritual rock video for the symbolically challenged.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
E! Online

What really stymies this sequel is the lack of the melancholic air of loss and mourning that bolstered the cartoon histrionics of the original.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Crow: City of Angels

Hmmm great soundtrack, truely great and looks amazing, its practically a music video really but shame its kind of a rerun of the original (which can't be bettered) but its the last of The Crow flicks that was any good. Style and design is faultless, costume and action set pieces are stunning and the villains are a lovely motley crew of nutters and killers that just happen to look like a bunch of ladyboys and transvestites.

Its just a shame it wasn't received better but I think the obvious way they tried to replace or copy the 'Draven' character with 'Ash' in both looks and behaviour was the wrong choice and fans didn't accept it. The first film was one of those moments in film history that can't be repeated and Lee will always be the ultimate Crow.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This .was actually not too bad until the end which was ridiculous.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

The Crow: City of Angels suffers from the greatest sin in movie making; too many hands in the editing cookie jar.

Had the film that Tim Pope shot been allowed to be presented, I think fan reaction would not be near as harsh as it has been and had the studio trusted Pope's vision more and most importantly, trusted the audience more, this film had the potential to be great.

As is, I love the style of the film and the performances of Vincent Perez and Mia Kirshner. In my original viewing my issue with casting issue was made in the form of one Iggy Pop. What I told friends at the time was roughly that granted, the man is a living legend in the Punk circles and is a personal hero of Crow graphic novel creator James O'Barr (Eric's movements are based on the lean Pop's stage antics)., one can not escape the reality that Iggy Pop was way over his head acting wise in this. A far more seasoned actor could have turned Iggy Pop's "Curve" into a great scene stealer. As is, he may look the part and at times even act the part, but he never IS the part. Now I think about those statements and not sure that they're valid. Its very likely his best parts of the performance along with other plot elements are laid to waste on the cutting room floor.

Now we get to the biggest flaw and that is the tampering done by the studio in regard to the romance..I read and still have the original script which wasn't bad at all but when the film was done, they did some knee-jerk cutting of the film when some test screenings showed people were weary of a romance between essentially a dead man and a woman who is alive. However, had the core audience been trusted, but more importantly, had Pope's original vision and script been trusted, they could have pushed that doomed relationship story arc further. It would have given the story a lot better balance than it has (when a director makes one film and the studio wants edits to make it something else, you lose a lot of story cohesion). Along with that, sticking to the original story would have given us a darker ending, but none the less, an ending truer to the story than the eluded to happy ending we have.

The final trapping of the film is that with all of the input outside of the director's, too many story elements are repeated from the first film to try and make it more in line with it (the first film) than being something entirely of its own accord. This caused an even harsher reaction from fans as they saw this as merely being a product pushed on the coat tails of the first film.

In the end its most definitely a very flawed film. Not great but not terrible. If you can find the original script, give it read. A much better script than final film due to studio tampering.

David Ladd

Super Reviewer

"**** you, bird-dick!" That line alone should tell you something about this terrible sequel.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

The Crow: City of Angels Quotes

Life is just a dream on the way to death.
– Submitted by Rose F (4 months ago)
Ashe Corven:
You're wasting your breath. Nobody's up there listening.
– Submitted by Frances H (15 months ago)

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