The Crossing Guard
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Sean Penn wrote and directed this tale of loss, guilt, and revenge. The daughter of Freddy and Mary Gale (Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston) was killed by a drunk driver, John Booth (David Morse). The death of their child took a heavy toll on the Gales; their marriage broke up, and, while Mary has remarried and attempted to put her life back together, Freddy has become an embittered alcoholic, seething with directionless rage and searching for a purpose in life. Freddy intends to kill Booth as soon as he's released from prison, as he believes that jail was not a severe enough punishment… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"though Penn doesn't always seem to know where he's going, his movie doesn't altogether miss its destination."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Thoroughly uneven yet mostly compelling..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Deep, dark and memorable."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Wonderful drama about loss with powerful performances"
‑ Fred Topel,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I came to value the clumsy moments in which Penn seemed to be groping for truth and meaning along with the characters."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Haunting character study by Nicholson in a grim, effective film."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Offers a penetrating look at the unsettling dynamics of grief and guilt."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"So-so character study directed by Sean Penn, featuring Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Moving, unpredictable and psychologically complex."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Sober, serious and rough. Nicholson's in rare form."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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