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“I Am Cross.”
“He Won't Stop. I've Seen His Face. I Heard His Voice. I Will Meet His Soul At The Gates Of Hell Before I Let Him Take A Person That I Love From Me.”
“As A Devoted Fan Of The Beloved Book Series By James Patterson. Alex Cross Came As No Surpise That It Was Actually Somewhat Thrilling. Tyler Perry Was A Little Cheesy At Times While Matthew Fox Gives One Of His Best On Screen Performances Of His Career.”
“You've Crossed The Line Perry”
“Tyler Perry, Who Made His Considerable Fortune In Drag As Madea, Was Wise To Embrace A Film That Pulled No Punches And Shows He Can Be A Bad Ass On Screen.”
Tyler Perry, who made his considerable fortune in drag as Madea, was wise to embrace a film that pulled no punches and shows he can be a bad ass on screen.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
So cloddish, slapdash, gracelessly written, and visually fugly that it's difficult to distinguish Perry's limitations in the role from those of the whole unpleasant enterprise.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent ...
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Tyler Perry should not give up his day job. At least not until he chooses better dramatic vehicles for branching out.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The first thing you'll want to know about "Alex Cross" is: Can Tyler Perry carry it off? The answer is: Sort of, but not really.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
If I hadn't had to stay awake, I would have slept though the whole thing. At home.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A strong candidate for dumbest film of the year ...
Eric Hynes - Village Voice
Perry is a likable presence, but the movie around him is such a mess that he never gets to prove his potential.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The opening scene of "Alex Cross" serves notice of what's to come by taking us down into a Detroit sewer.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
For a franchise with an off-the-charts nuanced thinker as its protagonist, Alex Cross isn't very smart.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Somebody got it wrong. A lot of people got it wrong. And the result is one of the most ridiculous, laughable ...
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Alex Cross is coarse, punishing, and, in all the ways that matter, conscienceless ...
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The direction by Rob Cohen is so careless that the film's climax is set up by a car crash that, if I am not mistaken, is completely coincidental.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The closer Cohen rams the camera to his pummeling actors, the more you don't know what's actually transpiring.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Cliched, improbable, and frequently risible.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
From its cliche opening -- an irrelevant gun battle and chase -- to its derivative climax, this is a film with decades of dust on it.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There's still a marketplace for a smart, well-crafted cat-and-mouse thriller. But "Alex Cross" isn't it.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Picture Alan Alda in the title role of "Dirty Harry," and you have a good idea why Tyler Perry playing a hard-edged cop in "Alex Cross" doesn't work.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
The director acquits himself on the action front, but makes the simple procedural elements feel wooden and melodramatic, particularly in sappy home-life scenes.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Cohen squanders a surprisingly recognizable cast on a half-baked plot adapted from James Patterson's series of novels.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
Tyler Perry finds it easier to step out of Madea's dress than into Morgan Freeman's shoes in the thriller Alex Cross, a trite attempt at franchise building.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Perry is no more out of his depth here than anyone else in the cast.
William Goss - Film.com
Stripped down to his undershirt or brandishing an assault rifle, Perry looks both incongruous and ridiculous - an icon out of water.
Adam Nayman - Globe and Mail
Cohen's resume argues that he's a better action director than this; the laziness is inexcusable. The denouement is easily decoded and suitably cheesy.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
You almost feel sorry for Tyler Perry, stepping out of his own universe for the first time to try to expand his range and finding himself in something as thoroughly dismal as Alex Cross.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Casting Perry as Cross was a bad idea, though it's not necessarily the worst in a movie built on bad ideas.
David Germain - Associated Press
The movie is ugly in spirit and looks. All Alex Cross spiked was my appreciation for Morgan Freeman, the original cinematic Alex Cross.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
[Cross] has a really bad temper, really big guns and really bad dialogue. He will use all of them excessively if pushed.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Never quite rises above a run-of-the-mill, cop-chases-killer-thriller flick, or much expands beyond would happen if an hour-long TV drama was given an extra half-hour to stretch.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Suffering from delusions of franchise, this is more Scooby-Doo than Silence of the Lambs, and bears all the hallmarks of a cult bad film in the making.
Murray Robertson - The List
Instead of the thinky, psychological crime thriller it should have been, Rob Cohen's Alex Cross offers a lifeless and generic actioner.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
Cohen slices and dices the finale so much you cannot fathom it.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
A lot of rather unpleasant things unfold, delivered with a consummate laziness that it's terribly hard to engage with.
Ross Jones-Morris - HeyUGuys
If you crave a genial crime thriller about a forensic psychologist then go and buy a boxset of Cracker. Alex Cross is simply an inexcusable misfire.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
[Perry] has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
The only appeal here is the sick kick of watching a franchise blow itself to bloody stumps.
Matt Mueller - Total Film
It doesn't take a detective to determine it's not the fault of Tyler Perry that 'Alex Cross' is subpar.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The film is crammed with inevitable (and admittedly enjoyable) cop-vs-psycho cliches, yet the proficient, pacy direction by veteran action specialist Rob Cohen keeps the fights, carplay and chases moving at a nifty, time-killing clip.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Alex Cross wasn't conceived as spoof, but such poorly written and executed dross is laughable.
Michael Simms - FILMINK (Australia)
Alex Cross is clumsily directed, poorly acted, and shoddily scripted to the point that with the right crowd you may find yourself laughing at the all the things wrong with it.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Unsure whether it aspires to be a police procedural, an action thriller, a revenge drama or a buddy movie, Alex Cross is a mess of a film, devoid of tension
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
The screenplay and direction deliver several scenes that are unintentionally funny, being either too leaden or too ridiculous
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
So many other things are wrong with the wretched 'Alex Cross' that Perry's somnambulistic performance doesn't even crack the top five.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
It's an embarrassment for all involved.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
Late-night TV fodder for insomniacs, perhaps, nothing more.
Ed Gibbs - The National
The style isn't matched by the substance in a film that strains unsuccessfully to be taken seriously.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
With each anguished look, each dramatic pause, Perry gives the impression that he has an invisible third hand patting himself on the back for courageously straying from Madea.
Betsy Sherman - Boston Phoenix
Are we sure this isn't a TV pilot that accidentally ended up on the big screen?
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Yes, outside of a dress, Tyler Perry is a powerful screen presence.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Tyler Perry is better at cross dressing than at playing Alex Cross.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com