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After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly drawn to a mysterious subculture of people who have transformed automobile accidents into erotic events. Like the J.G. Ballard novel that inspired it, David Cronenberg's study of the sexual dimension of man's relationship to technology was a magnet for controversy, drawing a NC-17 rating and criticism from several sources, including studio owner Ted Turner, who attempted to prevent the film's American release. But though some have leveled charges of pornography, James' descent into this… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a movie obsessed with the connection between sexual intercourse and car accidents, David Cronenberg's Crash could hardly be more stationary."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Mr. Cronenberg, for once oddly inhibited by brazen subject matter, has made a meticulously stylized and controlled film that leaves many of its characters' ideas muffled and lacks the true audacity its material demands."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"[A] necessarily disturbing and equally profound inquiry into human desire, however self-destructive."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Wildly unwatchable, as if someone had made Andy Warhol's Frankenstein without being in on the joke."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"In that re-identification of "otherness," he betrays his awe of humanity."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"While the director remains firmly behind the wheel for the first hour or so, he cracks up toward the end with sequences that send the film and the audience into a ditch."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
""Crash" doesn't extend beyond its most immediate sensationalism. When the movie does attempt to find a theme, it slams into a brick wall of mumbo-jumbo."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"It's the cold survival logic of Darwin, where libertarians leave their past behind as if it were dead."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"One of the most uncomfortable movies I've ever seen."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's a dark, disturbing, languorous movie, as ludicrous, hermetic and repetitive, perhaps, as Ballard's original, but admirably assured and true to itself."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"So far from being involving or compelling, so intentionally disconnected from any kind of recognizable emotion, that by comparison David Lynch's removed "Lost Highway" plays like "Lassie Come Home.""
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Crash is a mutant work of art -- a bracing splash of ice water."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A stylish, intriguing and typically warped vision that hybridises the imaginations of Ballard and Cronenberg."
‑ , Film4
"Crash is a violently rare exception to the continually careful stride of film, and few films have been made with such a conviction to such inherently controversial material."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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