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The Crow

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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
4 out of 5
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

4 stars

A dark, eerie, ominous feel from Alex Proyas, but a classic masterful performance by the late Brandon Lee. A cliche plot is covered by the star's excellence and dazzle-filled dialogue and execution. The Crow is a cult-film that continues to fascinate audience's to this day. 4/5

- fb1442511448, Tuesday, August 7, 2012

4 stars

Eric Draven: He was already dead. He died a year ago the moment he touched her. They're all dead. They just don't know it yet. "Believe in angels." Like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Crow is remembered most for the passing of its star before being finished. Otherwise, this would only be remembered for being the great film that it is. The Crow is really cool movie visually and narratively. Brandon Lee gives a really good performance and sends his career, and life, out on a high note. But the movie is more than just Brandon Lee. Alex Proyas creates amazing atmosphere with his gothic images, and scenery. It's easy to see why this has such a huge gothic following. Lee plays Eric Draven, a murdered guitarist, who comes back to avenge both himself and his fianc. He is aided by a crow that shows him the way. What's really cool about The Crow, is how it takes the average revenge movie and expands on it. We feel sorry for Eric and we really want him to take out all of the people that were responsible for his death, but there's also somewhat of a fear about him. He's supernatural and superhuman, a mix that is sure to be able to kick some ass. Lee does a great job with all of the stunts that are required of him, but the most amazing part of his performance is the drama driven scenes between him and Sarah. The Crow deserves the huge following it has. It's exciting, cool, and ultimately touching. There's not too much that I can say about the film. It's just sad that a lot of people only see this movie as, "The one with Brandon Lee." It is truly much more than that, and it may never get the full credit it deserves. Without a doubt, this is a must watch. If you haven't seen it yet, you are in for a treat. For some reason, I feel that this film had a huge influence on a lot of filmmakers. The scene where Eric walks into the crime meeting reminded me a lot of the scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker walks into the mob meeting. I'm not saying Nolan got the idea from this film, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did.

- blkbomb, Friday, June 1, 2012

5 stars

Very awesome atmospheric and gothic set pieces, a gripping and creative story, superb performances, intense action, and one of the best soundtracks ever make this one of the best films of the 1990's. It's a shame that this was Brandon Lee's final film (as well as his breakout one), because he really showed a lot of potential and promise. This film kind of became marginalized and cast off as the stuff of jokes and steretypes due to its influence with the gothic subculture, but ya know, it works on it's own terms as well, even if it is just a variation on the revenge theme. It's done incredibly well, has a unique look and style reminiscent of stuff like Blade Runner, and is both entertaining, and emotionally girpping great stuff. Also, what humor the film has also wroks pretty well. There's talks of a remake, which is just a totally wrong idea. This doesn't need it, nor did it really need sequels. This is a film that just really fit the aesthetics of the 90s, and to remake it would take away part of what makes this so great. It's like doing a remake of any film that is quintessentially representative of whatever decade it comes from and expecting the results to be the same: something that really just can't work. Bottom line, this is one of the best ever, and even though it was sadly the end of a promising start, I will always love this film (and its soundtrack) no matter how many times I see it or think about the crap that it inspired.

- cosmo313, Wednesday, May 30, 2012