Crash (1996)

After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly drawn to a mysterious subculture of people who have transformed automobile accidents into erotic events. Like the J.G. Ballard novel that inspired… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: May 17, 1996
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the surprisingly distant, clinical direction, Crash's explicit premise and sex is classic Cronenberg territory.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

For a movie obsessed with the connection between sexual intercourse and car accidents, David Cronenberg's Crash could hardly be more stationary.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Cronenberg, for once oddly inhibited by brazen subject matter, has made a meticulously stylized and controlled film that leaves many of its characters' ideas muffled and lacks the true audacity its material demands.

Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

[A] necessarily disturbing and equally profound inquiry into human desire, however self-destructive.

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Todd McCarthy

While the director remains firmly behind the wheel for the first hour or so, he cracks up toward the end with sequences that send the film and the audience into a ditch.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"Crash" doesn't extend beyond its most immediate sensationalism. When the movie does attempt to find a theme, it slams into a brick wall of mumbo-jumbo.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a dark, disturbing, languorous movie, as ludicrous, hermetic and repetitive, perhaps, as Ballard's original, but admirably assured and true to itself.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

So far from being involving or compelling, so intentionally disconnected from any kind of recognizable emotion, that by comparison David Lynch's removed "Lost Highway" plays like "Lassie Come Home."

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Rob Gonsalves

Crash is a mutant work of art -- a bracing splash of ice water.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A perversely disturbing and highly uncomfortable film that bursts with overwhelming sexual intensity as the characters engage in a compulsive fetishistic… More
Unknown Hobo
I seem to have been the only person who HADN'T seen this movie so I decided to give it a watch and at the end of it, I kinda wish I had remained a Crash… More
Stella Dallas
outstanding cronenberg work, more disturbing than anything i've seen since...'dead ringers'! don't watch if you're at all frightened of… More
Aj V
From Cronenberg, director of disturbing sci-fi/horror movies, comes a disturbing romantic drama, Crash. The subject matter is morbid and incredibly strange, as… More
Graham Jones
In my opinion, this film is a masterpiece by Cronenberg. Features a frightening performance from Elias Koteas.
Alex roy
How can one review a film such as Crash? Dadid Cronenberg's film can be regarded as a metaphor for the extremes of human obsession. Cronenberg has made a… More

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