Crash

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Full of well-observed supporting riffs, Crash might've accumulated more frisson had it cast a clearer eye on how social tension actually plays.
  2. Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Haggis has made a safe picture. It is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet his handling of it--his muscular belief in what he is doing--makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Haggis, who wrote the fine adapted screenplay for "Million Dollar Baby," embeds Crash's script so deeply in allegory that every revelation feels manipulative and programmatic, in spite of some terrific individual scenes and performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    It's too bad that the movie induces eyeball-rolling almost as much as it does armrest-clutching.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    These interlocking stories don't move along as swiftly or as urgently as they should, and much of the dialogue thumps along on square wheels.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    In the end, Crash lacks a cumulative impact. It takes audiences to new places, but we've all been to similar places, and we walk out knowing no more than we did walking in.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    It might even have been a landmark film about race relations had its aura of blunt realism not been dispelled by a toxic cloud of dramaturgical pixie dust.
  8. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    So what kind of a movie is Crash? A frustrating movie: full of heart and devoid of life; crudely manipulative when it tries hardest to be subtle; and profoundly complacent in spite of its intention to unsettle and disturb.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    Almost certain to polarize audiences, this bit of emotional agitprop plays like a watered-down "Short Cuts" or "Magnolia" with a shrill, one-note message: We're all a little bit racist.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    An ambitious, intense, but overdetermined exploration of the varieties of ethnic intolerance.
  11. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    Any glimpse of emotional honesty comes courtesy of the actors, who manage to do a credible job despite the material.
  12. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    A well-intentioned but obvious, often clumsy picture.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    Feb 15, 2011
    50
    New York critics have anointed Crash in advance as the Second Coming, but it's just another over-ambitious first movie.
  14. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 15, 2011
    42
    The result is a hybrid of "Falling Down" and "Short Cuts" without the iconic central character of the former or the latter's clear-eyed humanism.
  15. Reviewed by: Jami Bernard
    Feb 15, 2011
    40
    Concludes in a shower of ashes, which is fitting because this movie is a billowing bonfire of ugly human behavior. Rarely have there been so many characters in need of timeouts, cold showers or house arrests.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 575 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 147
  1. May 14, 2014
    10
    Crash is one real exceptionally well-done film. The theme of racism really slaps you in the face, but it is followed by other underlyingCrash is one real exceptionally well-done film. The theme of racism really slaps you in the face, but it is followed by other underlying messages, such as redemption. The exposés to the first two vignettes are a tiny bit forced, but the transitions are smooth for all of them and the script is sharp and deliberate. Where the movie lacks it makes up for in acting, screenplay, and direction. Haggis knows what he's doing. Full Review »
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    8
    "Crash", a racial movie directed by the famous Paul Haggis, is a masterpiece. With a powerhouse cast with a good lead from the director, the"Crash", a racial movie directed by the famous Paul Haggis, is a masterpiece. With a powerhouse cast with a good lead from the director, the movie starts with pain and anger and triumphantly ends with love and forgiveness. It surely is one of the greatest movies i've seen currently these days. Full Review »
  3. Feb 23, 2011
    4
    I think the negative reviewers are a little harsh, I wouldn't call it racist by any stretch of the imagination. But cliched as all hell? Yeah.I think the negative reviewers are a little harsh, I wouldn't call it racist by any stretch of the imagination. But cliched as all hell? Yeah. This is typical hollywood masquerading, trying to be deep and meaningful. Lacks Robert Altmans subtle weird humanism in Short Cuts. Plagued by white guilt, the movie runs the complicated issue of race through Hollywoods dreaded machinery of doom, leaving just scraps of brilliant acting and dialogue submerged in a mire of annoyingly coincidental plotpoints. Full Review »