The Crow
The Crow (1994)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Filled with style and dark, lurid energy, The Crow is an action-packed visual feast that also has a soul in the performance of the late Brandon Lee.

Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

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.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

Luridly lit, jumpily edited and searingly scored, the film is little more than an extended pop video, the thin plot an excuse for an orgy of destruction and vengeful violence.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a pleasure to welcome The Crow -- a bird of a very different feather.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This lurid thriller is long on nasty shocks but short on spontaneity, intelligence, and good acting.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

As exploitation pictures go, I've seen a whole lot worse.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

The Crow also runs a huge villain deficit.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A stylish, abnormally dark and dreary tale of a rock musician (the late Brandon Lee) who comes to life exactly a year after the death of he and his fiance in… More
Melvin White
Eric Draven: He was already dead. He died a year ago the moment he touched her. They're all dead. They just don't know it yet.  "Believe in… More
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Chris Weber
Very awesome atmospheric and gothic set pieces, a gripping and creative story, superb performances, intense action, and one of the best soundtracks ever make… More
Eugene Bernabe
A dark, eerie, ominous feel from Alex Proyas, but a classic masterful performance by the late Brandon Lee. A cliche plot is covered by the star's… More
Alex roy
The Crow is a very interesting take on the usual revenge film. Which I thought was terrific. A man and his girlfriend are murdered and a year later is… More