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The Crow Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Lee's performance is by far the best thing about The Crow. Unfortunately, he's just good enough to make you wish that the movie had had a whisper of storytelling invention to go along with its showy visual design.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Caryn James

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The vision of director Alex Proyas lifts this film above its sad history.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A seamless, pulsating, dazzlingly visual revenge fantasy that stands as one of the most effective live-actioners ever derived from a comic strip.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Stylish, dark revenge fantasy with torture, drugs, and gore.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dark comics-based cult classic is packed with frequent ferocious violence and grisly death, plus a flashback of rape. Torture precedes a number of killings, with one character especially fond of gouging eyes. Expect some brief toplessness and strong hints of unconventional sexual activity. Profanity is frequent, especially "f--k." Cocaine, cigarettes, and lots of alcohol make appearances. Law and order is practically nonexistent.

  • Families can talk about violence in this movie. Were there parts that lingered with you even after the movie ended? If yes, why do you think that is? How does mixing sex with violence effect viewers? When is revenge justified?
  • Talk about avenging superheroes. Are they more interesting when they are invulnerable and all-powerful, like Eric (or Superman?), or when they are more human, like Batman?
  • How are drugs portrayed in this movie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Style far outweighs the substance here, with a basic endorsement of vigilante revenge-justice -- police are useless at stopping crime, so one victim resurrects as a ghost superhero to clean up the streets. Secondary message about power of love, even from beyond the grave.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Even though he's a menacing character, undead Eric doesn't harm the innocent or the lone upstanding policeman who befriends him. In between torture-revenge killings, Eric protects a little girl and tries to reform her drugged out single mother.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Much blood and gore, with characters shot, stabbed, slashed, thrown from windows, exploded, hit with cars, impaled on gargoyles, burned, beaten, etc. Eyes are gouged out. Some individuals burned in the tongue, shot/stabbed through their hands, and otherwise tortured-mutilated (sometimes willingly). Violent rape seen in flashbacks.

  • sex false4

    Sex: One bare breast, plus cleavage-revealing and fetishistic outfits. Characters have drug-fueled sex. Eric and his fiancee in various states of undress in flashbacks of their love affair. The villain appears to have a kinky sexual relationship with his own stepsister (shown topless in the shower from the back).

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent "f--k," "s--t," plus "dickhead," "asshole," "fart," "crap," "dammit," and "God" used as an exclamation.  

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Part of a popular comic book franchise. Various car models and insignia on display.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Crime-lord villain snorts cocaine. A single mother shoots up morphine with a syringe. Another character pincushioned with hypodermic needles until he overdoses. Binge drinking and violent drinking games. Bad guys and good guys smoke mass quantities of cigars and cigarettes (but Eric warns a good guy he should quit).