Crank

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    60
    Videogamers who've been itching for "Grand Theft Auto: The Movie" can tide themselves over in the meantime with Crank, a down-and-dirty actioner that follows a rugged antihero trying to outrun death by keeping his adrenaline flowing.
  2. 58
    Its a stupid thrill for a while, but the high wears off, and the anything-goes approach gets headache-inducing.
  3. 50
    The whole thing whizzes by in such a panicked rush that there's no time for anything so immaterial as character, but what little we do learn about Chev works against the film.
  4. 50
    Genially preposterous, with stunt players outnumbering actors by something like a 3-to-1 ratio, the action thriller Crank is surprisingly watchable.
  5. It's all about the dumb thrill, baby. Leave it alone, or leave your brain and pocket change at the gate, strap yourself in and just enjoy the ride.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 308 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 63
  2. Negative: 11 out of 63
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    0
    Horrible. Absolutely horrible. I've seen amateur pornography with better writing and acting, and at least then I got to see more than a nippleHorrible. Absolutely horrible. I've seen amateur pornography with better writing and acting, and at least then I got to see more than a nipple slip. The fight scenes aren't even good. Full Review »
  2. movieprophet
    Jun 2, 2008
    9
    This movie shows great insight as to what may happen if you received the shanghai cocktail. Most of you would give up. Not my boy This movie shows great insight as to what may happen if you received the shanghai cocktail. Most of you would give up. Not my boy Statham....He is the up and coming bad ass of cinema....no question. Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2014
    6
    Chev Chelios is arguably Jason Statham's best known character and Crank is arguably his best known film, but it is far from his best film.Chev Chelios is arguably Jason Statham's best known character and Crank is arguably his best known film, but it is far from his best film. Chev Chelios (Statham) is a gun for hire, who will work for anyone who can pay him. One day he wakes up in a daze and finds a video in which a former employer tells him, that he poisoned him with a rare adrenaline inhibitor, which will kill him in a few hours. Chelios goes out seeking revenge, but must keep his adrenaline pumping, in order to slow the poison down. It's a strange story, but as usual, Statham is terrific, playing his most extreme character. Chelios is a crazy man who goes to extremes, however that's all this film has to offer. Non-stop action can sometimes be fun, but when it's the same thing repeating over and over again for 90 minutes, even the biggest action fan gets tired of it. Statham is paired with Amy Smart who starred in my favorite movie of all-time, The Butterfly Effect, and surprisingly she was terrible! She plays Chelios's girlfriend, a girl who is as dumb as dirt and who follows this crazy man blindly through the city on his hunt for revenge. Crank has some humor and a terrific leading man, but unfortunately, there isn't much of story. Besides Statham's well known one-liners and his ridiculous moves, there is really nothing to see here. Crank is one of those films that starts out strong and then just never goes anywhere. Having seen a lot of Statham's movies lately, I was hoping his best known film would be his most exciting, but it wasn't. It's the same scene repeated many times over, and I was tired of it after a half hour. Full Review »