Critics Consensus

A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.



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Movie Info

Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Sandra Bullock
as Jean Cabot
Don Cheadle
as Det. Graham Waters
Matt Dillon
as Sgt. Ryan
William Fichtner
as Jake Flanagan
Brendan Fraser
as Dist. Atty. Richard `Rick' Cabot
Larenz Tate
as Peter Waters
Ryan Phillippe
as Off. Tom Hansen
Thandie Newton
as Christine
Michael Peña
as Daniel Ruiz
Nona Gaye
as Karen
Shaun Toub
as Farhad
Beverly Todd
as Graham's Mother
Keith David
as Lt. Dixon
Sean Cory
as Motorcycle Cop
Billy Gallo
as Officer Hill
Karina Arroyave
as Elizabeth
James Haggis
as Lara's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Crash

All Critics (237) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (175) | Rotten (62)

  • [Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.

    Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Crash is a very watchable and well-constructed piece of work, and a potential script masterclass: but its daringly supercharged fantasies of racial paranoia and humanist redemption are not to be taken too seriously.

    Feb 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The script is clever, the racial theme is worthy of Newsnight, and the editing just sublime.

    Feb 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Set in a simmering cauldron of racial tensions where subtle nuance can cut as deep as unambiguous hostility, it's a powerful drama about the often bewildering contradictions that underlie human behaviour.

    Feb 23, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Haggis moves seamlessly between all these stories and has structured them in such a way that his characters reach a crisis point simultaneously, followed by melancholy clarity.

    Feb 15, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crash

  • Mar 26, 2016
    While it's heart is in the right place, and it has some truly fantastic scenes, it suffers from over sentimentality and a lack of subtly that it so desperately needs. The characters are more like caricatures of specific archetypes that it feels almost comical at points, though at others it feels genuine and powerful.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2014
    Fantastic! I think this won the Best Picture Oscar awhile back, and it totally deserved it. This film is just so indescribably entertaining, with great characters and storyline. Definitely check this out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2013
    Solidly entertaining racial soap opera melodrama.
    Kevin C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2012
    Crash--or more appropriately, "2 Degrees of Separation: The World's Angriest Racists"--is a load of Oscar bait fluff. While racism is an important issue to address, so is verisimilitude in a screenplay, and Crash disservices worthy movie material. Overall, Crash proves to be a poorly constructed story with too many characters whose lives are intertwined by a series of implausibly tragic miscues, each ultimately reshaping the respective bigoted worldviews. And while Crash isn't all bad--there are some decent performances to be salvaged--it is predominantly an over-blown, pretentious piece of crap.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer

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