Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
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  1. So while at times, Penn's film is moving and insightful about the way the heart survives tragedy, at other times it seems to have been made by a gifted schizophrenic who thinks that weird behavior is perfectly normal.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    50
    But ultimately all that melancholy stifles the characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    The movie is repetitious in some ways and superficial in others. But though Penn doesn't always seem to know where he's going, his movie doesn't altogether miss its destination. [15 Nov 1995, Pg.05.D]
  4. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    40
    Although there are some great moments (one for Nicholson recalling the toast scene of "Five Easy Pieces"), Penn's intentions lose their way.
  5. The Crossing Guard, Penn's second film behind the camera, is a troubling, troublesome movie whose makeshift structure cannot contain the powerful flood of passions that he and his cast have poured into it.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    40
    Much of the film plays awkwardly, its tone veering undecidedly between volatile drama and contemplative psychological study.

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