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Based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, this fantasy follows Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a rock musician who is murdered along with his fiancée, Shelly (Sofia Shinas), by a group of marauding thugs who terrorize the decaying city in which they live. One year to the day after his death (which happens to be Devil's Night), a mystical crow appears at Eric's grave; Eric rises from the dead and, with the bird as his guide, goes on a mission to avenge himself against Top Dollar (Michael Wincott), the leader of the gang who killed him. Star Brandon Lee was killed while filming a scene… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Alex Proyas's pulp revenge fantasy, based on a comic-book saga by James O'Barr, is dark, moody, and seductively overwrought; it's an amazingly pure expression of morbid adolescent romanticism."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"The Crow, starring the late Brandon Lee, is like one long fright night. Even though it was photographed in color, the edge-of-darkness atmosphere descends on the audience like a shroud."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"This lurid thriller is long on nasty shocks but short on spontaneity, intelligence, and good acting."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A stylized revenge fantasy of dark beauty."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Style over content, sure, but what style..."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"It's a pleasure to welcome The Crow -- a bird of a very different feather."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"What's scary about The Crow is the story and the style itself: American Gothic, Poe-haunted nightmare, translated to the age of cyberpunk science fiction, revenge movies and outlaw rock 'n' roll, all set in a hideously decaying, crime-ridden urban hell."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The Crow also runs a huge villain deficit."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The Crow is a visually immersive, emotionally wrought comic adaptation and one of the best gothic tales ever made."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"[Features] a heartfelt romantic core and some handsome, acrobatic action sequences that do justice to Lee's undoubted martial mastery."
‑ , Film4
"As exploitation pictures go, I've seen a whole lot worse."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"If The Crow is forgettable entertainment, it can stand as an eerie epitaph for an actor who looked like he was on the way to better things."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie's central value and its most melancholy tone -- Lee's star presence. It's amazing and it's tragic."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Stronger visually than thematically, this romantic film noir is utterly seductive"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Simply more of the same gritty superhero nonsense that appeals to depressed 15-year-old boys. And it's not done all that well, either."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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