• Network: Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 17, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    75
    Gritty, jarring, profane and smartly produced.
  2. The show, the first original drama series made for Starz, is hardly the most original depiction of Los Angeles, but Crash has a noirish appeal, and ambitions to tell a big story.
  3. Thanks to the fact that Starz is pay cable and can say and show pretty much whatever it wants, this show ramps up the dramatic tension quickly and effectively.
  4. 50
    I’ll come back to Crash the TV show, but for now, the acting doesn’t exactly induce gaper’s block.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    50
    Crash doesn't burn so much as it simmers. It's provocative and intriguing, but leaves you wondering if the whole setup might not simply work better as a movie.
  6. 50
    The show clearly wants to say something complicated about race and class in Los Angeles, but a number of the situations and characters on the show feel like situations and people we’ve seen before (starting with the movie that lends the series its name).
  7. 50
    Not surprisingly, Crash, the TV series, does not measure up very well against the film in terms of atmosphere and acting.
  8. 40
    At once schematic and preachy, it never indicates the stakes--either for its “diverse” players or for you.
  9. Although slickly made with a nod to noir between sermonettes, Crash features far too much Dennis Hopper as a drug-addled music producer.
  10. It's an hour of unpleasant yet bland people occasionally bumping into each other and saying racially provocative things.
  11. They're a largely unlikable lot of crooked cops, adulterers and Hopper's long-winded, nutso music mogul. It's one thing to spend a movie with these characters, but it's quite another to tune in for 13 weeks.
  12. 30
    Crash tries too hard, and fails hard too.
  13. The racial fire is oddly muted, the characters disturbingly undefined, the interaction frustratingly nondescript. The truth is, I'm not really sure what this show is supposed to be other than chaotic and boorish
  14. 30
    The new drama Crash struggles mightily to appear slick and sophisticated and special, but the whole elaborate mess is just as leaden and obvious as the Oscar-winning movie upon which it's based.
  15. A series that's as lead-footed as the original. But much, much longer.
  16. Sure, it's got some ethically challenged cops, some overt racism, some faux hot sex and what looks to be a lot of money spent on filming on the streets of Los Angeles, but the writing is surprisingly nondescript, the acting rudimentary and the first hour ends with nothing much in the way of movement.
  17. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    25
    The film's episodic, interwoven tales of race relations in L.A. become a swampy mess of ludicrous dialogue, disconnected characters, and offensively stupid plotting.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    Messy at best, the two-episode premiere suffers from wildly uneven performances, beginning with Dennis Hopper at his manic worst.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. Aug 28, 2012
    8
    I really loved the first season, was absolutely great, but maybe thats just me! Season two though... very disappointing. Got rid of many, if not most, of the original characters. Past stories or plots of characters are gone and new characters are introduced much too fast without description or reason. If you thought season one was bad, season two is DEFINITELY not for you.
    Back to the point, this is a review of season one, and I give it 8!
    Full Review »
  2. DaveL
    Apr 17, 2009
    9
    I really like this show, I think it's great. I've only got up to episode 102 b/c i didn't watch it while it was in season, my mistake but I'm catching with the on demand episodes and I have to admit I'm sorry I missed it during regular season. Full Review »
  3. Hanks.
    Mar 9, 2009
    10
    I loved it! It was gritty and as I see it lived up to the movie in which it is based. I can't see why people hate it soo .....I really can't. Full Review »