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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"Any relation to persons living or dead is purely coincidental."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Provocative, moving and powerful, this multi-stranded LA story is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. Just don't drive to see it."
‑ , Total Film
"A hard-hitting film whose seemingly unconnected stories and characters intersect boldly, jolting us into a raw awareness of the volatility of ethnic mix in which we live."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Don't let yourself get carried away by the raves: Crash is solid but no masterpiece."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Enjoy the wonderful performances by a cast very committed to the cause."
‑ Andrew Sun, Hollywood Reporter
"While it's hard not to admire Haggis' ambition here, his lofty aspirations sapped Crash of any real ingenuity or emotional punch."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"The script by director Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco has a scolding air to it, and watching the movie is like taking a dose of castor oil -- probably good for us but not a lot of fun."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Mr. Haggis offers no easy answers, just hard questions."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It's smart, therefore, that Haggis has written such novel, precisely observed, often unpleasant characters as the ones Bullock, Dillon, and Cheadle inhabit."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"An already over-eventful narrative -- what, another crash? -- teeters into melodramatic implausibility."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A masterpiece that deserves to be watch and discussed."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Crash is, easily, one of the strongest American films in years. When it was over, I sat in my chair, shell-shocked in stunned silence, trying to sort out my tangled emotions."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"a searingly powerful, at times transcendent, examination of a nation's culture, alienated from, and afraid of, itself."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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