Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 34
  2. Negative: 17 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    50
    A disjointed thriller with two many characters rattling around.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    There's nothing in Alex Cross that argues another installment is warranted, but much will depend on whether Tyler Perry's audience crosses over and continues to follow him in this new, very different role.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    There is one thing interesting about Alex Cross, and if you miss this, you've missed the whole movie. It's not the story - it's worse than mediocre. It's not the lead actor - nothing wrong with Tyler Perry, but as an action star he's no Vin Diesel. And it's not the dialogue, which has a clunker every other scene. It's the direction. Notice the direction. Alex Cross is a good example of what a seriously talented director can do with a heaping pile of garbage.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 18, 2012
    40
    Though they lack chemistry as a team, it's gratifying to see both Perry and Burns stretching in ways they haven't before.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 20, 2012
    25
    In the face of such junk, the idea that Fox would proudly put himself on a punishing regime of severe diet and exercise to get prisoner-skinny-yet-crazy-muscled for the job of make-believe is vanity at best, obscenity at worst.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 18, 2012
    40
    It neglects, for one thing, to make any sense.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 17, 2012
    50
    Perry must have felt it was high time for him to try his hand at playing a darker role. But starring in this badly directed, suspense-free film with its unintentionally laughable dialogue does Perry no favors.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 17, 2012
    30
    It's a courageous but misguided move on Perry's part; he has none of Freeman's soulful, nuanced subtlety, and watching him display the gamut of emotions called for in Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson's script is like watching the Hulk attempt Swan Lake.
  9. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 18, 2012
    38
    Nothing works. Or some of it works, but that doesn't matter because what's working is so deeply, painfully boring.
  10. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Oct 18, 2012
    63
    Director Rob Cohen shoots believable action sequences, too. Nobody jumps the gap between skyscrapers or falls 40 feet, then gets up and runs away.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    The sharpest five minutes in Alex Cross, by a considerable margin, belong to Giancarlo Esposito.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 16, 2012
    40
    You almost feel sorry for Tyler Perry, stepping out of his own universe for the first time to try to expand his range and finding himself in something as thoroughly dismal as Alex Cross.
  13. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 18, 2012
    20
    A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    Alex Cross isn't meant to be analyzed too deeply. The title character probably sums up the best strategy for appreciating the film's modest pleasures when he says, "Don't overthink it; I'm just looking for a bad guy."
  15. 30
    What a whorish film this is: Even the serial killer lectures the detective.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 18, 2012
    25
    Formulaic serial-killer crapola.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Oct 19, 2012
    40
    The resulting film, despite its occasional outbursts of action and tension, is less an action film than a psychological thriller, although even there it fumbles the ball.
  18. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Oct 18, 2012
    16
    The movie is stunningly perfunctory, soul-crushingly oblivious to its own lack of originality, and, to be blunt, just plain dumb.
  19. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 18, 2012
    20
    The best of the Alex Cross mess suggests that as an actor, he has the talent to move beyond the world of Madea should he want to. He just needs to look for much better material.
  20. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 18, 2012
    25
    Alex Cross is slipshod cinema hoping to capitalize on a star out of his orbit here.
  21. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 18, 2012
    40
    It's a strange sort of film that casts Gallic tough guy Jean Reno as a clean-fingernailed mogul while employing cross-dressing comic Tyler Perry as a guy capable of hand-to-hand combat with someone called The Butcher of Sligo.
  22. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    Where Freeman was warm but enigmatic, Perry is warm but empty.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 15, 2012
    20
    The cross-dressing "Madea" star seems out of his depth playing the hard-boiled detective made famous by Morgan Freeman in "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls." Even action helmer Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious," "XXX") seems to be off his game here.
  24. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Oct 17, 2012
    60
    Rebooting novelist James Patterson's famous Alex Cross character for the big screen, Tyler Perry aims at new cinematic territory and scores a bullseye as the Detroit detective embroiled in a hunt for a mega-evil killer that turns personal.
  25. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 19, 2012
    38
    Aside from these curious role reversals, though, Alex Cross is a mess. Drawing on every conceivable '80s B-movie action cliché and treating its beleaguered female characters like pieces of meat (literally, in one scene of butchery), director Rob Cohen squanders a surprisingly recognizable cast on a half-baked plot adapted from James Patterson's series of novels.
  26. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Oct 17, 2012
    16
    Alex Cross is more boring than your average weeknight procedural, except much longer, dumber and more violent.
  27. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Oct 20, 2012
    20
    In drag or out of it, the soft-spoken star has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice.
  28. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Nov 25, 2012
    40
    Miscast and underwritten, Alex Cross does not reinvent Tyler Perry, or James Patterson's character, or anything, really. The only appeal here is the sick kick of watching a franchise blow itself to bloody stumps.
  29. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Oct 23, 2012
    40
    Picture Alan Alda in the title role of "Dirty Harry," and you have a good idea why Tyler Perry playing a hard-edged cop in "Alex Cross" doesn't work. [19 Oct 2012]
  30. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 20, 2012
    30
    There's not a moment in Alex Cross that doesn't function splendidly as comedy. Which means that for all his cool-cat preening and heroic soul-searching, Tyler Perry must have felt right at home.
  31. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Oct 18, 2012
    25
    Instead of playing the role in drag, the erstwhile Madea simply is a drag.
  32. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 18, 2012
    50
    Alex Cross is filled with accidental comedy, and while it's a mess in any traditional movie sense, it's has its moments of preposterous fun that come in the form of a nonsensical plot and a fabulously competent, scenery-gnawing villain.
  33. Reviewed by: Mike DAngelo
    Oct 17, 2012
    33
    Perry shifts into full-on badass mode... well, the best that can be said is that he's sincere. For all that, he's still less embarrassing than Lost's Matthew Fox, likewise cast against type as the film's sadistic villain.
  34. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Oct 17, 2012
    12
    Expositional and often self-serious to the point of genuine awkwardness, the dialogue is never as haltingly unconvincing as when it's attempting to give some approximation of Alex Cross's essential looseness and good humor.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. Oct 21, 2012
    9
    I do not know what those people are talking about or what movie they had watched, but Alex Cross was not the worst movie of this year. You didn't like the movie Alex Cross which was a really good thrill ride, but you like the movie that's my boy, oh how mind boggling. Argo didn't seem all that good, besides it was on the news 30 years ago. All you have to do is read a 30 year old newspaper about the story, hello!Those people do not know a really good movie if it fall right out of their ass wholes. This movie was very exciting and very thrilling. It is most certainly different from watching the same damn movie over and over. They make the same movie over and over and many people get sick and tire of seeing it. Paranormal activity is about the same as those other scary movies. About a hunted house and spooky ghost and scary monsters and people being hacked up to death and blood and body parts falling off. Alex Cross was a very thrill ride and very exciting movie. I think it was very exciting just like the book series. I really don't know what those people are talking about, because they weren't watching the same movie as I. I am so confused? Full Review »
  2. Mar 7, 2013
    0
    This one is bad. Don't think it has the class of the Morgan Freeman movies. Don't watch it. I rented it on Amazon and it was one of a handful of films that made me regret renting it within 5 minutes. It is shallow, cliche, pretentious. I had never seen Tyler Perry before and based on the trailers was willing to give this a chance. I regret that choice. Full Review »
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    3
    Poorly acted, lazily written, and not really directed at all, Alex Cross is the most clichéd action movie of the year.