Crash (2004)

Crash (2004)




Critic Consensus: A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.

Movie Info

Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional … More

Rating: R (for language, sexual content and some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bobby Moresco, Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
Box Office: $55.4M
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


as Jean Cabot

as Det. Graham Waters

as Sgt. Ryan

as Jake Flanagan

as Farhad

as Dist. Atty. Richard ...

as Peter Waters

as Off. Tom Hansen

as Christine

as Karen

as Graham's Mother

as Lt. Dixon

as Motorcycle Cop

as Fred

as Officer Hill

as Elizabeth

as Lara's Friend

as Bruce

as Shereen
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Critic Reviews for Crash

All Critics (227) | Top Critics (48)

[Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
The New Republic
Top Critic

[Crash] is sharply observed and frequently extremely funny as well as artfully orchestrated.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Observer [UK]

[Haggis] makes his directing debut with a screenplay that often seems rigged and contrived, but comes to life via excellent acting and a philosophical argument that bigotry and benevolence are inextricably intertwined.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Christian Science Monitor

Instead of heartwarming messages about forgiveness, it honours ambiguity and brings us close, closer than is comfortable, in fact, to what Americans today are really thinking about one another.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015

Crash is a movie with problems, but those simply make Haggis' vision, his clear reflection of us, so powerful.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Tampa Bay Times

Crash has its moments of wrenching tragedy and chaotic, overcrowded drama, mitigated by flashes of caustic humor and insights of stark truth.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Tulsa World

Audience Reviews for Crash

After re-watching this, I have to conclude that it did not deserve the Oscar for that year. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth watching.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Solidly entertaining racial soap opera melodrama.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

This well intentioned story of intertwining lives in the cultural melting pot that is Los Angeles is an ambitious attempt to explore the grey area outside of political correctness. Nearly all of the characters display racism to various extents but it's done so in a way as to create three dimensional characters without demonization. It's sensitively directed and well played by all concerned with Terrence Howard in particular bringing depth to his black studio exec who suffers humiliation at the hands of the LAPD. Paul Haggis cut his teeth on TV comedy drama and it is very apparent here; the unlikely series of coincidences that unites the characters seems overly contrived and there is one too many of the kind of pop music montages that are the hallmark of lightweight American TV drama. It is well meaning and nicely executed but the need Haggis shows to tie all of the themes up in a nice big bow for the audience seems just a little patronizing.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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