The Crush
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The Crush is a psychological thriller wherein a young man is the object of the obsession of a mentally unbalanced young girl. Journalist Nick Elliot (Cary Elwes) rents the guest house of a wealthy couple. The family's 14-year-old daughter Darien (Alicia Silverstone) flirts with him, and when her advances are not reciprocated she becomes increasingly obsessed with him resorting at last to violence and murder. Alicia Silverstone is beautiful and surprisingly good as the obsessed girl. Cary Elwes is also good in conveying his attraction and restraint in his dealings with so young and troubled… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Leaves much to be desired."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The story not only relies on the complete and unalterable stupidity of every character in the movie, but on the gullibility of those who watch it."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A highly implausible but somewhat above-average and entertaining 'yuppie in peril' thriller."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Super-Sexy and Refreshingly fun!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"An exploitative thriller that also harbors dangerous notions about and readily trivializes child neglect, sexual abuse and rape."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Grindingly predictable and mechanically played."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The movie is only briefly offensive and rarely surprising."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Crush would be an entirely worthless and painfully familiar little thriller even without its creepy devotion to the sexiness of youth."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Yeah, Alicia Silverstone's a fetching little Lolita. But there's no excuse for this depressing 'Play Misty for Me' in spandex."
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"hy doesn't this guy just move out once he realizes the depth of this girl's obsession with him, instead of waiting until time runs out? Are all fact-checkers for trendy Seattle magazines this dense?"
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"There's something scuzzy about the whole exercise."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The Crush is the movie that child abusers have been waiting for."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Why is this guy rejecting a vampish Alicia Silverstone?"
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"This film stinks worse than a big fat pile of dated limburgher."
‑ Ted Prigge,
"It's impossible for a thinking person to watch this film without thinking about responsibility."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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