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The Crow: City of Angels

The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

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

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

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

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

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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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

Feb 3, 1998

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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Stunningly awful.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Although the setting has moved from Detroit to LA, the stylised urban wasteland, morbid atmosphere and basic plot remain the same.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The city of overacting, the city of bad writing and the city of truly dreadful sequels.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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
Film.com
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Memo to Edward R. Pressman: Gloomy Goth teens like the Romeo and Juliet stuff, not parental devotion from beyond the grave.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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.

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A pseudo-spiritual rock video for the symbolically challenged.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.
October 11, 2011
phubbs1

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This .was actually not too bad until the end which was ridiculous.
September 18, 2011
purplemegan

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.
July 12, 2010
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    1. Sarah: Life is just a dream on the way to death.
    – Submitted by Rose F (58 days ago)
    1. Ashe Corven: You're wasting your breath. Nobody's up there listening.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
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