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  • Summary: The Crossing Guard is a suspenseful action thriller about one man's unquenchable thirst for revenge. For six agonizing years, Freddy Gale(Nicholson) has waited for John Booth(Morse), the man jailed for a crime that destroyed Freddy's life. Now, Booth is out of prison and Freddy is giving himThe Crossing Guard is a suspenseful action thriller about one man's unquenchable thirst for revenge. For six agonizing years, Freddy Gale(Nicholson) has waited for John Booth(Morse), the man jailed for a crime that destroyed Freddy's life. Now, Booth is out of prison and Freddy is giving him three days before he returns to even the score. (BV Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. But Mr. Penn mostly keeps a tight, impassioned grip on this material, preventing it from wandering too far afield. The influence of John Cassavetes is again clear in the characters' emotional sparring, which has energy and heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    75
    His emphasis on acting is welcome at a time when shallow, smirkingly self-referential performances threaten to become the Hollywood norm, but the film's slack pacing and narrative indiscipline undermine its intensity.
  3. Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston give mature performances as the bereaved parents, and David Morse brings an offbeat touch to the basically decent man who traumatized their lives.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Diones
    50
    But ultimately all that melancholy stifles the characters.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    40
    Much of the film plays awkwardly, its tone veering undecidedly between volatile drama and contemplative psychological study.
  7. Penn's film is very slow, sententious, ill-judged about the tensions he wants in long scenes. [18 Dec 1995, Pg.28]

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