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Crush (2002)

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36

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 52

Derailed by jarring plot turns, Crush is an implausible take on female friendships.

36

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 16

Derailed by jarring plot turns, Crush is an implausible take on female friendships.

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Produced with the help of the Sundance Institute, Alison Maclean's first feature, Crush, is a clever, gynocentric neo-noir. Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock) stars as Lane, the film's conflicted femme fatale. The film opens with Lane speeding along a winding road. She's driving her best friend and lover, Christina (Donogh Rees), a literary critic, to meet with an author, Colin (William Zappa), at his home in the New Zealand countryside. In the midst of a snarky conversation, Lane is

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Mixes slapstick, poignancy, tragedy and sophisticated wit.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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While McKay's debut feature is witty, weepy and easy on the eyes, it never lets the obligation to entertain interfere with the messy flow of human responses.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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...the plot is so mechanical it squeaks.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Crush is a half-comedy, half-weepie that doesn't really work, though Andie MacDowell is quite wonderful.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

While it would be easy to give Crush the new title of Two Weddings and a Funeral, it's a far more thoughtful film than any slice of Hugh Grant whimsy.

February 12, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

There are pleasures to be had early on in "Crush," but they get fewer and farther between.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

British comedy about fortyish female friends is as well-crafted as it is predictable.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Where we might have had a cynical-yet-funny meditation on men, women and relationships, we're left with a string of interesting moments that don't work as a whole.

September 20, 2002

Hurrah! Gabby, obvious, adult angst-driven, sex-saturated American television has finally crossed the Atlantic and returned in irritating film form!

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Charmless and sometimes downright ludicrous -- and at least a little insulting to women.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The dark and bittersweet twist feels strange as things turn nasty and tragic during the final third of the film. First-timer John McKay is never able to pull it back on course.

June 7, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

It has something of the aura of Four Weddings and a Funeral about it, mixed in with a bit of Bridget Jones's Diary, but the movie's just too different, too risky for huge popularity.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's not just a feel-good movie, it's a feel movie. You feel good, you feel sad, you feel pissed off, but in the end, you feel alive - which is what they did.

June 4, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Anyway, for one reason or another, Crush turns into a dire drama partway through. After that, it just gets stupid and maudlin. Too bad, but thanks to some lovely comedic moments and several fine performances, it's not a total loss.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

McKay deflates his piece of puffery with a sour cliche and heavy doses of mean-spiritedness

April 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

You come away thinking not only that Kate isn't very bright, but that she hasn't been worth caring about and that maybe she, Janine and Molly -- an all-woman dysfunctional family -- deserve one another.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

As Crush progresses, much of the wit, charm and playfulness evidenced in the early scenes is gradually squeezed out of the movie.

April 24, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

McKay's film is, in its way, virulently sexist.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

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