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The Crow

action & adventure

Catch the explosive hit that thrilled movie-goers and critics everywhere! Brandon Lee (Rapid Fire) plays Eric Draven, a young rock guitarist who, along with his fiancee, is brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
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5 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Style over content, sure, but what style...

- Adam Smith, Empire Magazine, Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fresh: 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.

- Caryn James, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A stylish, abnormally dark and dreary tale of a rock musician (the late Brandon Lee) who comes to life exactly a year after the death of he and his fiance in order to enact revenge on those that were responsible. What could have just been another forgettable, B-grade exploitation flick is enhanced by stunning visual flairs, as well as a rare passionate lead performance. It really is a shame Lee died before he got to see the final cut of this film, since he is simply sensational for every minute of its running time. Of course, it goes over-the-top throughout and its nihilistic, dystopian society that the original comic book painted starts to wear on one after a while, but these flaws are minor. If anything, see it for Lee's spirited performance, as well as some fantastic action scenes and some eye-popping visuals.

- fb619846742, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4 stars


- aquateen2, Sunday, April 28, 2013

3 stars

The Crow was a fun revenge movie. Sometimes the movie felt silly, but then The Crow killed more people and I felt better. The plot is simple enough, and its fun. The acting was good, but nothing groundbreaking. This movie is also a great superhero movie and a great trinute to Brandon lee. Overall I liked it, but I didn't think it was terriffic.

- DreamExtractor, Friday, August 26, 2011