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A downtrodden photographer, haunted by the urban violence and decay around him, retreats into an inner world of dark fantasies. Those dangerous visions explode in reality with deadly consequences when his intoxicating new relationship with a beautiful young woman goes sour. (c) Phase 4

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The guy fancies himself a hero, when in reality he's the person constantly thinking of witty comebacks after the fact."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice
"A tedious bore from start to finish..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"[The actors are] all undermined by not just the clichéd story but director/co-writer Charles de Lauzirika's misguided tone, which veers from straight-up impotent fury to a clunky humor that's just not funny in the story's overall context."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"The film's method of admitting its own hypocrisy so as to enable it to further indulge said hypocrisy grows more grating than if it were merely indifferently conceived junk like Falling Down."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Voice-over is always a dangerous prospect, and Crave is a perfect example of why you should think twice before using it, especially if your character's inner monologue isn't really worth listening to."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Helmer-writer Charles de Lauzirika's accomplished debut feature is too funny and self-aware to be disturbing, but it's certainly memorable."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"An artful if overlong howl of urban lamentation that puts an intriguingly melancholic top-spin on notions of vigilantism."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"For those of you expecting a rousing tale of vigilante justice and psychological thrills, you'll sadly be craving a completely different film once you realize the one you're watching has a strong grasp on neither aspect."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"The fantasy urban vigilante pic ends with a whimper instead of a bang."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Psycho film noir in the crumbling inner city has the right idea but lacks depth."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies
"A creepy and deliberately paced thriller that is effective in its unpleasantness ..."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna,
"Crave is nothing but empty movie-shout-out posturing."
‑ Nick Schager, The Dissolve
"Putting aside the nagging sensation that you may have seen this type of character study before, Crave proves to be an impressive career-maker for all involved."
‑ Simon Foster,
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