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  • Summary: The immediate subject matter of Crash is the strange lure of the auto collision, provoking as it does the human fascination with death and the tendency to eroticize danger. Most motorists will slow down to stare at the scene of a collision; they may feel their pulses quickening and become exquisitely aware of the fragility of their own bodies. The characters of Crash carry this awareness a step further, cherishing and nurturing it. For them, a car collision is a sexual turn-on, and a jolting life-force they come to crave. (Fine Line Features) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Sharrett
    Crash seems incredibly prescient, yet rather naive. The film is a stunning document of our alienated civilization, all the more compelling with its dolorous, almost liturgical tones.
  2. Compared with the novel, the movie might seem predictable. But compared with other movies, it stands alone.
  3. You may well hate Crash, but if intensity is what you seek in a darkened theatre, you'll hate missing it even more.
  4. None of the people in the film is realized as a character: Cronenberg has no interest in character. Each person is given a dab of characteristics and is then sent off to copulate. [21Apr1997 Pg 26]
  5. 50
    Crash has a couple of concepts which are, admittedly, fascinating and original, but not a whole lot more.
  6. 40
    For all the director's visual flair, his trademark flashes of gallows humor and his few good moments, there's never a sense that he's made Crash his own.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    Cult auteur David Cronenberg crashes and burns--his talent, that is--in Crash, a vain attempt at a techno-age Persona.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Joe
    Jan 24, 2007
    Outstanding film - one of the most powerful and fully realised of Cronenberg's whole career. Excellent performances all round. Haunting, intelligent and long-lasting. Expand
  2. MathewB.
    Sep 19, 2007
    A Post-modern masterpiece of cinema. Driven by the eye rather than ear. Deceptively complex. Demands a lot from the viewer.
  3. Jul 22, 2011
    This obsessive adaptation of J.G. Ballardâ
  4. Feb 26, 2013
    An undoubtedly important film but it's hard to care about characters defined only by their controversial sexual preferences. It is easy to become disengaged with the film and that says a lot, given the subject matter Expand
  5. JoshC
    Nov 20, 2006
    This is Cronenerg's worst film along with M Butterfly. So empty and shallow, David should be ashamed of himself.The only people I would recomend this film to is insomniacs. This film may cure them. Expand