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  • Summary: Eric Draven and his fiancĂ© are murdered on the eve of their Halloween wedding. Exactly one year after their deaths, Eric is risen from the grave by a mysterious crow to seek out his killers and force them to answer for their crimes. [Miramax Films]
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jun 4, 2014
    88
    The Crow imbues its comic brutalism with emotion and satire. Too raw and pulpy, it probably shouldn't be regarded as a memorial to Brandon Lee. But as an obsessive rock 'n' roll comic book movie shocker of loony intensity, it stands, or flies, by itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Desson Thomson
    Jun 4, 2014
    88
    If he had to die so soon, this movie is the best and most appropriate sendoff Lee could have hoped for.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    88
    It is a stunning work of visual style - the best version of a comic book universe I've seen - and Brandon Lee clearly demonstrates in it that he might have become an action star, had he lived.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    Jun 4, 2014
    75
    The Crow, the death-haunted, mega-violent, pulpy, vigorous final film of Brandon Lee, may not qualify as much of a monument to a lost life -- what film could? -- but it's a hell of a movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jun 4, 2014
    70
    It is a dark, lurid revenge fantasy and not the breakthrough, star-making movie some people have claimed. But it is a genre film of a high order, stylish and smooth.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jun 4, 2014
    67
    Brandon Lee's swan song is a kinetic, pounding, adrenalized feast for the senses, if not the psyche. Bursting with startling images, eclectic staging, and gorgeous neo-gothic set design.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Jun 4, 2014
    50
    It succeeds in bringing O'Barr's comic-book vision to life, but there's little else going on behind the graphic razzle-dazzle and the moody, ominous soundtrack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 2, 2014
    10
    The Crow has astonishing action and a great performance from Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee's son. The Crow was the only movie that he made in 1994. The movie was based on a comic and it is an excellent
    action thriller. The story is very intriguing because it has a supernatural tone to it and the characters
    are well played. This is one of my favourite comic book movies and it deserved a lot more credit
    upon its release in 1994, A+.
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  2. Sep 29, 2014
    10
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  3. Aug 7, 2014
    9
    Great comic book film! Very dark and very gritty! It's a shame that a great tragedy resulted from such a great film but at least Brandon Lee leaves us The Crow as his legacy! Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2014
    1
    I just saw this movie for the first time. I felt strangely offended throughout every sloppy scene in the movie. Wasn't sure why it bothered me so much. Then it occurred to me - everything in the movie was sloppy and half-assed.

    From the acting, to the so-called police work (CSI they aren't), to police in a helicopter shooting at a fleeing suspect (you don't do that) running across residential rooftops with a damn machine gun (7.62 X 51mm will go through a roof and down 5 floors to the basement posing a risk to everyone living in the building) so again police don't do that, to a car full of explosives exploding the second before it goes into water (a second later and there would have been no explosion), to Brandon Lee, a guy who is supposed to be out for revenge, has no idea how long he has to do this or how long his powers will last, sharing his name with the bad guys and letting them live, talking to the police, putting a little kid in danger by virtue of his inefficiency and big mouth, and instead of taking out the bad guys in any efficient manner, he just repeatedly invites them to shoot, stab, beat, and otherwise mangle him as he walks right to them in broad daylight if to prove he is a bad-ass - rather than a guy who received a gift to set things right. Even at the end, the damn bird saves him as he stands there looking cool.

    Never mind a bad guy who is running an anarchy organization but doesn't seem to have a means of making money or paying his goons, and above all don't ask if the little police detective with the pock marked face is actually corrupt (rather than just a douche) because if he isn't it is hard to imagine such unintentional incompetence.

    To be clear, I loved Brandon Lee and I'm certain that he would have been a great actor and action star. What offends me is the sloppiness of the set, the director, the props folks, and everything about the movie. People say his death was an accident. I disagree - it was the predictable result of gross sloppiness. Period. No person who knows guns would ever allow a f-n actor to point and discharge a weapon (let alone a .44 magnum) at someone (blanks or otherwise) without triple checking the weapon, making sure that all weapons and ammo originate and are returned to one place between each take and for heaven's sakes putting safety first. Then you read the a-holes who worked this movie used real bullets (as if someone was going to do a close-up on a Smith 29 / Ruger Redhawk, but took out the power and didn't know about primer? A f-n cub scout shooting a lil cricket .22 knows better. Moreover, would it have been that hard to just give all the bad guys Beretta 9mms and issue consistent ammo and institute some procedures. Did the bad guys really need weapons that fired all different types of ammo?

    What struck me like a sledgehammer me was that everything about the movie was sloppy and Brandon's death was the predictable result of that sloppiness. The direction, the script, most of the acting, the plot, and the weapons safety were all sloppy. Brandon's death was as predictable as someone getting hurt if you gave loaded weapons to a bunch of uninitiated seven year olds with out any instruction and hoped for the best. One was sloppy movie making and the later would be sloppy parenting. Not much difference.
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