Crash (2004)

Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 10, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

[Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.

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David Ansen

Haggis shows a lot of promise as a director: his film is never dull. But he needs to unlearn some of the bad lessons he picked up working in TV, which demands that everything be neat, symmetrical and underlined.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

[Crash] is sharply observed and frequently extremely funny as well as artfully orchestrated.

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

Ultimately, Crash succeeds in spite of itself. Its color war starts to feel obvious and schematic. Its coincidences and cliches become like a pileup on the 405 freeway, but there it is -- you find yourself rubbernecking and can't manage to look away.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's smart, therefore, that Haggis has written such novel, precisely observed, often unpleasant characters as the ones Bullock, Dillon, and Cheadle inhabit.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

[Haggis] makes his directing debut with a screenplay that often seems rigged and contrived, but comes to life via excellent acting and a philosophical argument that bigotry and benevolence are inextricably intertwined.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Haggis moves seamlessly between all these stories and has structured them in such a way that his characters reach a crisis point simultaneously, followed by melancholy clarity.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Any relation to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

Instead of heartwarming messages about forgiveness, it honours ambiguity and brings us close, closer than is comfortable, in fact, to what Americans today are really thinking about one another.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Pretty good movie which makes you think about racism. I especially felt sorry for the lock repair guy, it must get very wearying having people constantly… More
Kevin Cookman
Solidly entertaining racial soap opera melodrama.
Carlos Magalhães
The deserving winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 2006 is this spectacular morality study on racism, intolerance and xenophobia, and it probes into those… More
xGary Xx
This well intentioned story of intertwining lives in the cultural melting pot that is Los Angeles is an ambitious attempt to explore the grey area outside of… More
Wildaly M
After re-watching this, I have to conclude that it did not deserve the Oscar for that year. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth watching.
KJ Proulx
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