The Crossing Guard
The Crossing Guard (1995)

A bereaved father attempts to reconcile himself to his grief after a drunk driver kills his seven-year-old daughter in this dark drama. The film opens with a group therapy session. Later Freddy Gale, a jeweler, and his ex-wife Mary are seen… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 16, 1999
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54%



Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

though Penn doesn't always seem to know where he's going, his movie doesn't altogether miss its destination.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Thoroughly uneven yet mostly compelling...

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Deep, dark and memorable.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The movie is dramatically shapeless and pretentious too, but as director, Sean Penn gets powerful performances from his central trio: Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, and David Morse.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

I came to value the clumsy moments in which Penn seemed to be groping for truth and meaning along with the characters.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Haunting character study by Nicholson in a grim, effective film.

Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

So-so character study directed by Sean Penn, featuring Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Moving, unpredictable and psychologically complex.

Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Sober, serious and rough. Nicholson's in rare form.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
John Booth: Would you maybe, ya know, would you take a couple days, and maybe think about not taking my life?  "Some lives cross, others collide."… More
Jon Lantz
Great casting/acting. Good story idea but could probably have been executed better.
Lady D'arbanville
A film I?ve been wanting to see for a while but perhaps my expectations were set too high. The story was slow moving. The performances were average and iddn?t… More
Dean McKenna
Just fine drama of a jeweler is shredded by grief after his young daughter is killed by a drunk driver. He resolutely tells his estranged wife that he plans to… More
Anthony Lawrie
Sean Penn is as good a director as he is an actor. Jack Nicholson & David Morse are fantastic in this powerful and touching drama!
xGary Xx
Intersting character driven study of loss and guilt that contains some quality performances, but ultimately it's too slow-moving.

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