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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

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"Mixes slapstick, poignancy, tragedy and sophisticated wit."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"Crush is a half-comedy, half-weepie that doesn't really work, though Andie MacDowell is quite wonderful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"British comedy about fortyish female friends is as well-crafted as it is predictable."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Charmless and sometimes downright ludicrous -- and at least a little insulting to women."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It's not just a feel-good movie, it's a feel movie. You feel good, you feel sad, you feel pissed off, but in the end, you feel alive - which is what they did."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"While it would be easy to give Crush the new title of Two Weddings and a Funeral, it's a far more thoughtful film than any slice of Hugh Grant whimsy."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Where we might have had a cynical-yet-funny meditation on men, women and relationships, we're left with a string of interesting moments that don't work as a whole."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"The dark and bittersweet twist feels strange as things turn nasty and tragic during the final third of the film. First-timer John McKay is never able to pull it back on course."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Anyway, for one reason or another, Crush turns into a dire drama partway through. After that, it just gets stupid and maudlin. Too bad, but thanks to some lovely comedic moments and several fine performances, it's not a total loss."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"...the plot is so mechanical it squeaks."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"There are pleasures to be had early on in "Crush," but they get fewer and farther between."
‑ , Film Threat
"Hurrah! Gabby, obvious, adult angst-driven, sex-saturated American television has finally crossed the Atlantic and returned in irritating film form!"
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"It has something of the aura of Four Weddings and a Funeral about it, mixed in with a bit of Bridget Jones's Diary, but the movie's just too different, too risky for huge popularity."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"McKay deflates his piece of puffery with a sour cliche and heavy doses of mean-spiritedness"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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