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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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While the mini-genre it occupies -- multi-storylined ensemble pieces about dysfunctional life in southern California -- is already well-established, Crash is a superb, sometimes literally breath-taking new addition to this august group.
Ultimately, Crash succeeds in spite of itself. Its color war starts to feel obvious and schematic. Its coincidences and cliches become like a pileup on the 405 freeway, but there it is -- you find yourself rubbernecking and can't manage to look away.
Haggis shows a lot of promise as a director: his film is never dull. But he needs to unlearn some of the bad lessons he picked up working in TV, which demands that everything be neat, symmetrical and underlined.
There is a welcome desire and introspection here that tries to make us as an audience think about the various causes and reasons for racism aside from the easily fall back positions of intolerance and bigotry.
This articulate and particularly poignant mood piece demands nothing of its audience, except for some brutally honest introspection about our unquestioned presumptions about the human condition. Easily, the best film of 2005.