Alex Cross

2012

Alex Cross

Critics Consensus

Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox do their best, but they're trampled by Rob Cohen's frustrating direction and a tasteless, lazily written screenplay.

12%

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Total Count: 125

47%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 44,627
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Alex Cross follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Cast

Tyler Perry
as Alex Cross
Matthew Fox
as Picasso
Edward Burns
as Thomas Kane
Jean Reno
as Giles Mercier
Carmen Ejogo
as Maria Cross
Cicely Tyson
as Nana Mama
Rachel Nichols
as Monica Ashe
Giancarlo Esposito
as Daramus Holiday
John C. McGinley
as Captain Richard Brookwell
Stephanie Jacobsen
as Fan Yau Lee
Werner Daehn
as Erich Nunemacher
Yara Shahidi
as Janelle Cross
Sayeed Shahidi
as Damon Cross
Jessalyn Wanlim
as Paramita Megawati
Christian Mathis
as Fight Manager
Tim Holmes
as Referee
Ingo Rademacher
as Ingo Sacks
Tiren Jhames
as Guard Manning Station
Sonny Surowiec
as Hans Friedlich
Darcy Leutzinger
as Bomb Squad Head
Brian Jackson
as Bomb Squad Member
Christopher Stadulis
as Soon to Be Dead Man #1
Timothy J. Richardson
as Soon to Be Dead Man #2
Timothy Richardson
as Soon to Be Dead Man #2
Steffen Dziczek
as Soon to be Dead Man #3
Ideene Dehdashti
as Screaming Girl
Dave Bender
as Lieutenant Max
Chris Wallis
as Computer Tech #1
Matt Frieden
as Computer Tech #2
Alexandra Ruddy
as Brookwell Aide
Keith Cameron
as Bodyguard
Rory Markham
as Nonad Stanisic
Tim Sitarz
as Packard Plant Rapist
E. Ray Goodwin
as Fan Yau Bodyguard #1
Danny Wynands
as Fan Yau Bodyguard #2
Simon Rhee
as Fan Yau Bodyguard #3
Andrew Comrie-Picard
as Mercier's Driver
I. Ketut Resi Yogi
as Bali Houseboy
I. Wayan Suwita
as Bali Police Captain #1
I. Ketut Arya Wijaya
as Bali Police Captain #2
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Critic Reviews for Alex Cross

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (35)

  • [Perry] has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice.

    Nov 27, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Alex Cross is coarse, punishing, and, in all the ways that matter, conscienceless ...

    Oct 22, 2012 | Full Review…
  • So cloddish, slapdash, gracelessly written, and visually fugly that it's difficult to distinguish Perry's limitations in the role from those of the whole unpleasant enterprise.

    Oct 21, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • A strong candidate for dumbest film of the year ...

    Oct 19, 2012 | Full Review…
  • For a franchise with an off-the-charts nuanced thinker as its protagonist, Alex Cross isn't very smart.

    Oct 19, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Perry's supposed to be its center. And as an actor - certainly as a movie star - he's absolutely nowhere to be found.

    Oct 19, 2012 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Alex Cross

  • Oct 05, 2014
    The movie starts with detectives Alex Cross(Tyler Perry), Monica Ashe(Rachel Nichols) and Thomas Kane(Ed Burns) apprehending a serial rapist, but not before chasing him all over an abandoned warehouse, drop kicking him off a floor and shooting him in the leg. Even after all of that, a mystery man(Matthew Fox) is none too impressed. Still, he impresses Fan Yau Lee(Stephanie Jacobsen) with his bare fist martial arts prowess. When she turns up brutally murdered the following morning, the detectives are on the scene, not only to find her murderer but to stop him from striking again. On the one hand, "Alex Cross" is a more faithful rendering of James Patterson's hero than previously done, giving us a much more robust character than portrayed elsewhere by Morgan Freeman. But honestly, all that really means is that this version adheres much closer to Patterson's simplistic worldview of demonic evil vs angelic good. That's not to mention the empty sadism and misogyny on display here. As the cast is going off in every direction imaginable, they make little difference, even Giancarlo Esposito with a cameo in the Henry Ford Museum. Speaking of which, at least the movie takes full advantage of Detroit locations, especially in the climax.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2014
    James Patterson's detective series is rebooted by Tyler Perry with Alex Cross. The story follows Detroit homicide detective Alex Cross and his team as they investigate a series of murders by a contract killer. Starring Tyler Perry, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols, and Matthew Fox, the film has a decent cast. However, it's hard to live up to Morgan Freeman's portrayal of the Cross character, but Perry tries (and fails). It's actually Matthew Fox who steals the film, giving a captivating performance as a ruthless and sadistic killer. Yet the plot is formulaic, and has been done a dozen times over. In the end Alex Cross is a mediocre thriller that covers the basics, but doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the genre.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2014
    Miscasting is one of the major problems with this film. Tyler Perry was the wrong choice to play Alex Cross. He is no Morgan Freeman. They should have casted someone like Terrence Howard or Jeffrey Wright. They would have been awesome in the role. Perry seems out of place in this action film. The film also needed a rewrite. A lot of the dialog seemed sloppy. Also the film was predictable. I wasn't surprised by some of the things that happened in the film. I knew right away who hired Matthew Fox's character. Matthew Fox is the best reason to watch the film. He is really good as the killer Picasso. He was also good when he played the villain in Vantage Point. I would love to see him do more villain roles. The problem here is that he doesn't have a good foil in Perry. Perry also doesn't have a good on screen chemistry with Ed Burns. Ed seems like he is trying to make it work as best as he can. Of the 3 Alex Cross films that were made, Along Came a Spider, would be my favorite. As for this film, check it out for Matthew Fox's performance. If you want to see a good Alex Cross film, then check out, Along Came A Spider.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2013
    A movie Tyler Perry is in sucks. That really isn't a surprising statement as the majority of the films he's in, minus Star Trek, end up being horrible because of his creative involvement, when he's not really that good at writing a decent script. The one surprise in this film, if it can be considered that, is that the film would've sucked regardless if, instead of Tyler, you cast Denzel Washington instead. I don't mean to say the guy is great in this film, but he's fairly passable and doesn't, in any way, detract from an already terrible film. The script is just awful. It's generic and dull. In a post-Seven era...hell in a post-Girl with a Dragon Tattoo era, you just need to do better than this tripe. The film fails to build suspense at all. Things that happen are quickly forgotten about in the next scene, the whole film just does not flow well at all. Not to mention the story being completely nonsensical. Something about a french jerk hiring a ruthless assassin to take out his partners in his company for one reason or another. Do you ever get that reason? No, not really. The editing is also just absolutely disgraceful to the art of editing. I think the film, from an editing standpoint, falls apart in the climax. There's one scene, that's edited to look like it's one continuous shot, of Matthew Fox driving out of a parking lot and Alex driving right into his car. And the editing of this scene is just outright awful. If there's one thing that even remotely redeeming about the film is Matthew Fox's performance. I mean, some of his lines are really corny and I think he's too over-the-top at times, but he's still a highlight in an otherwise terrible film. I thought he was very committed to the role, even if the script outright failed him. As mentioned, Tyler Perry is passable. I thought he tried to play the character too low-key and sometimes he came across as lacking charisma. But, again, he wasn't bad and doesn't make the film any worse than it already is. As it stands this is just an awful movie that's just, technically, a mess from top to bottom.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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