Crush (2002)



Critic Consensus: 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 momentarily distracted and drives her car off the road. The car flips over, and Christina is badly injured, while Lane walks away with barely a scratch. She goes to Colin's house, where she meets Angela (Caitlin Bossley), his shy, tomboyish teenage daughter. Lane doesn't immediately identify herself, and Angela -- thinking that Lane is actually Christina -- takes her for a walk. The charmingly aggressive Lane begins flirting with the impressionable girl, and it's clear that Angela is smitten with the brash American woman. Later, Colin arrives home, and he agrees to let Lane stay in their home for a few days. Before long, Lane has seduced him. Angela is jealous and begins going to the hospital to visit Christina, who is recovering from a severe head injury. As she recovers, regaining control of her movements and the ability to speak, Angela tells her again and again that one horrible person is to blame for her condition -- Lane. But Angela is not prepared for the harrowing results when she brings Christina home for a visit. Crush is an amusingly twisted thriller from down under, rooted in well-drawn characters, along the same lines as Jocelyn Moorehouse's wickedly clever Proof. Maclean demonstrates great skill with actors and with complex material, which is also evident in her second feature, Jesus' Son.
R (for sexuality and language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Donogh Rees
as Christina
Pete Smith
as Horse
Jon Brazier
as Arthur
Shirley Wilson
as Intensive Care Nurse
Denise Lyness
as Physiotherapy Nurse
David Stott
as Stephen
Harata Solomon
as Aunty Bet
Trish Howie
as Nurse
Phil McLachlan
as Ward Sister
Jennifer Karehana
as Physiotherapy Nurse
Wayne Roberts
as Physiotherapy Patient
Martin Booker
as Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Crush

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (25)

Mixes slapstick, poignancy, tragedy and sophisticated wit.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

...the plot is so mechanical it squeaks.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There are as many misses as hits, but ultimately, it finds humor in the foibles of human behavior, and it's a welcome return to the roots of a genre that should depend on surprises.

May 17, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Anyone who suffers through this film deserves, at the very least, a big box of consolation candy.

April 25, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Feels like the first reel of Bridget Jones's Diary spliced onto Othello.

April 19, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Crush

Crush has some merit, especially in the visuals, but it's trapped somewhere between the world of psychological horror films and the world of hand-wringing arthouse melodramas, and it never really settles into either groove.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Hard movie to get through. Pretty okay movie though.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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The 1.5 stars goes to one actress. Other than that - the movie sucks. The story isn't well written and it's simply corny.

Jamilya Ramos
Jamilya Ramos

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