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
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
The usual over-familiar melange of forensic evidence and titillating torture porn that reminds me why I don't watch network television procedurals.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
At least this confirms my long-held suspicion that Tyler Perry is drawn to bad scripts whether he wrote them or not.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The cliched plot and terrible dialogue make this so-called "thriller" nearly unbearable.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
Where to start with all the things wrong with this film?
Matt Neal - The Standard
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
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)
The screenplay and direction deliver several scenes that are unintentionally funny, being either too leaden or too ridiculous
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
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
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
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
Alex Cross is a total trainwreck. You'd think it would be hard to mess up something as simple as a cop vs. killer story this badly, but Cohen and his crew seem to screw it up at every turn.
The style isn't matched by the substance in a film that strains unsuccessfully to be taken seriously.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Yes, outside of a dress, Tyler Perry is a powerful screen presence.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Are we sure this isn't a TV pilot that accidentally ended up on the big screen?
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
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
Tyler Perry is better at cross dressing than at playing Alex Cross.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Alex Cross is coarse, punishing, and, in all the ways that matter, conscienceless ...
Floundering attempt by Tyler Perry to fill Morgan Freeman's trench coat
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Revenge becomes the dish served cold. In this case, non-entertaining cold.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Standard procedural that is worth seeing for Matthew Fox's amazing transformation.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Its casual cruelty serves to render it slightly repellent ... The performances are solid, with Fox the notable exception -- his camp performance suggests too many screenings of Mommie Dearest prior to filming.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Matthew Fox is sick, deranged, and absolutely outstanding. Think of Alex Cross like popcorn entertainment with extra butter that you didn't ask for, but you'll appreciate in the meantime.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
There is one bit of casting that pushes Alex Cross into watchable territory, and that's Matthew Fox in full-out-insane mode as the serial killer nicknamed Picasso.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Slick, fast-paced and mindlessly entertaining despite many contrived and awkward moments. It takes a while to get used to Tyler Perry in a non-Madea role.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Tyler Perry's bid to reinvent himself like Bruce Willis or Matt Damon in Alex Cross is ultimately a failure, but if it's any consolation to him, he's hardly the only reason this film is not worth your time.
Mark Deming - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A stomach-churning mix of sadism and sentimentality.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
What's really a kick to the nether-region is that the story is so bad that you never really get a chance to admire or dislike any of the acting.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Perry isn't a spitter, so his attempts to bring the rage come off as forced and unintentionally comical. And Perry, tall and doughy, isn't convincing in the fight scenes or other physical moments.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Perry underwhelms in formulaic, violent action thriller.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Detroit cop battles serial killer in a listless adaptation of a James Patterson novel.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
With 'Alex Cross,' the script is filled with such a lack of suspense, that this cat-and-mouse film feels cliche and laughable. The team behind the camera didn't do Perry, in a non-Madea lead role, any justice.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Tyler Perry trades Madea drag for the shoulder holster and scowl of a genius police detective, but the movie couldn't be any sillier if Alex Cross pursued the story's sadistic killer in a gray wig and granny panties.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
You should definitely cross this 'Alex Cross' off your must-see list.(Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Silly plotting, murky action sequences, indifferent acting -- and a lot of violence against women. Not even the locally shot scenes are reason enough to see it.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
If the Alex Cross books are known for being poorly written with bland characters, little emotion and plots that never amount to anything than this movie is one of the best adaptations I have ever seen.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
All wrong in just about every way.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Perry's supposed to be its center. And as an actor - certainly as a movie star - he's absolutely nowhere to be found.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
You may be expecting just a standard mystery/thriller. You'll get a mess that's so poorly constructed that if it were a pilot for a cop show, no network would pick it up.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
I just hope that they give Perry his granny wig back for any sequels. Because CSI: Madea seems far more appealing than another film like the slack Alex Cross.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A leading contender for the year's funniest movie. Wait... what do you mean it's supposed to be a thriller?
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Imagine Bob Uecker pinch-hitting for Stan Musial, and you get an idea what it's like to see hyphenate Tyler Perry step into Morgan Freeman's shoes.
Dan Lybarger - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Most of the acting is lifeless, except for Matthew Fox who is hamming it up more than fat guy at a bacon festival
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It feels almost cruel to laugh at such a blindly stumbling, dunderheaded action-thriller, but you won't be able to help it.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Perry fails to breathe new life into the character, even as co-star Matthew Fox's scenery chewing eviscerates whatever traces of a script existed for this ham-fisted and mindless thriller.
Todd Gilchrist - Celebuzz
If you've seen any number of Tyler Perry's Madea movies, you probably don't think he could sink lower in his career. But he manages to do just that in Alex Cross.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Alex Cross fits in lock-and-step with the other entries on director Rob Cohen's resume: thin, B-movie genre entertainment.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
A blundering mess.
The entire film is a walking, talking checklist of '90s serial killer movie cliches.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
A warmed-over relic from the 90's incompetently directed by Rob Cohen, Alex Cross is a mess from top to bottom.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
For a relatively simple story, Alex Cross makes a multitude of bad decisions.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
"Alex Cross" is a good example of what a seriously talented director can do with a heaping pile of garbage.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Alex Cross is a misfire, but it's sometimes an entertaining one - enough to make you curious about who else Perry could go up against in another installment, and just how much overacting would take place.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
The problem is that "Alex Cross" is just not a great movie, and its breakneck-paced, sometimes logic-optional story doesn't allow Perry to realistically develop his character's transformation from cerebral detective to action hero.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A shockingly incompetent major studio release that strands Perry in a poorly written and poorly executed police procedural.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The 6'5″ Perry's most believable moment is when his character has to reach something from a high shelf. That feels real.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
An ugly, imbecilic buddy-cop action picture that makes little sense and offers few thrills.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
As goofy as it is gruesome.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
A movie that is almost as insane as its villain.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
Given $45 million, it seems likely that the famously inept director of "The Room," Tommy Wiseau, would make something like "Alex Cross." Or maybe even something better.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Like Perry, Fox overplays his character to the point of parody, but at least he looks as though he's having some fun carving up people. Perry just looks apoplectic.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
When it's not being completely idiotic, it's frightfully tasteless, with both Perry and Cohen making sure the entertainment factor is thoroughly sucked out of this ludicrous thriller.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
As an attempt to establish another franchise, "Alex Cross" is modestly successful, but the series will need directors with more finesse than Cohen.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Matthew Fox is terrifying and awesome while Perry proves he cannot act, especially in emotional close-ups. I did like the phantasmagoric story
Victoria Alexander - Film Festival Today
Ever a pro, Cohen orchestrates a couple of energetic set pieces, but the whole thing feels doomed from the start.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
There's just enough genuine emotion to connect us with the characters, whether we watch Perry as the quietly dogged Cross or Edward Burns as his lifelong friend and investigative partner.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
You can get better mysteries any night on TV, but the performers are worth checking out.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Formulaic serial-killer crapola ...
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A thriller that cannot be taken seriously. Incompetent on every level.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Perry's actually not bad, but everything else sure is.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Could very well be the funniest film of the year.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
When you make Tyler Perry run and point a gun, you remember why nobody's ever used him as an action figure before.
While Tyler Perry slips into Madea's wigs and plus-size dresses just fine, his attempt to squeeze into the guise of psychologist/detective Cross strains at the seams as well as the credibility.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
"Alex Cross" is a grim yet silly piece of work, even as serial-killer thrillers go.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Between Cohen's dizzying editing style, the ear-assaulting soundtrack and a leaky script, there's plenty of suspects that ruin this case.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
It's downright painful to watch Perry struggle to take over James Patterson's forensic-psychologist hero Alex Cross ...
Mike D'Angelo - AV Club
The relentless ugliness of the story isn't thrilling or involving, and its vague undercurrent of misogyny makes it even more off-putting.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Thanks to a game cast, taut action scenes and a surprising dose of raw emotion, Alex Cross finally gets the movie that he deserves.
Ben Kenber - We Got This Covered
Madea this ain't.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
If you've seen Tyler Perry's Good Deeds or Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too, you know that a non-Madea Perry barely registers on the screen.
Alex Cross comes to theaters with the distinct timbre of a merger rather than a singular entertainment.
Chris Cabin - Slant Magazine
Slipping out of his comfort zones for a bit as both Madea and director of his own movies, Tyler Perry tries on a new persona for size in Alex Cross as, well, Morgan Freeman. Sort of.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
While Tyler Perry no doubt envisions "Alex Cross" as his opportunity to branch out, the actors around him rightly regard this pedestrian effort as just another gig.
Tim Grierson - Screen International