If The Crow is forgettable entertainment, it can stand as an eerie epitaph for an actor who looked like he was on the way to better things.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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
If he had to die so soon, this movie is the best and most appropriate sendoff Lee could have hoped for.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
It is a stunning work of visual style - the best version of a comic book universe I've seen - and Brandon Lee clearly demonstrates in it that he might have become an action star, had he lived.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A seamless, pulsating, dazzlingly visual revenge fantasy that stands as one of the most effective live-actioners ever derived from a comic strip.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
The Crow allows no room for the viewer to take a breath, as it blazes with breakneck speed from scene to scene.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Lee is sensational on all counts in a final performance that brims over with athleticism and ardor.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The Crow is a visually immersive, emotionally wrought comic adaptation and one of the best gothic tales ever made.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Style over content, sure, but what style...
Adam Smith - Empire Magazine
[Features] a heartfelt romantic core and some handsome, acrobatic action sequences that do justice to Lee's undoubted martial mastery.
Dean Essner - Film4
It succeeds in bringing O'Barr's comic-book vision to life, but there's little else going on behind the graphic razzle-dazzle and the moody, ominous soundtrack.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Simply more of the same gritty superhero nonsense that appeals to depressed 15-year-old boys. And it's not done all that well, either.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A gorgeous black valentine that captures the essence of adolescent misery, coupled with a wildly romantic vision of the power of pure love to overcome all obstacles -- even the grave.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Visually, it's a treat; characterisation is sharp, particularly the nicely defined villains; and the action scenes, though soft-pedalled, still pack a satisfying crunch.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
One of the most stunning, yet haunting, films ever made
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A compelling exercise in style over substance.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Lee's death gives the film an eerie feel it never earns.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Totally dated, totally terrific. "Darker-than-thou" types should stay to listen to Jane over the end credits
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
Certainly overwrought, but its images have a surprising durability.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
It packs a significant punch, grabbing you right away and never really letting go -- even when it descends into predictable action-caper cliches.
Neil Martin - Palo Alto Weekly
A spectacular-looking new film that sets new standards for visual style.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The film that killed and immortalized its star still holds up quite well . . . I doubt (Lee) would have been so fondly recalled had he died on the set of Laser Mission.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
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Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A testament to the lost potential of the late Brandon Lee.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
I liked Lee in the title role. He just deserved to be in a better film.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Follows an entirely predictable path, but does so with style and intensity.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Bursting with startling images, eclectic staging, and gorgeous neo-gothic set design...it looks and feels truer to its roots than any dozen Batmans or Dick Tracys.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Everything you ever wanted in a mindless revenge flick.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
[Proyas] employed a lot of talent in order to make this film heavy with the dark atmosphere of gritty, rainy megalopolis without hope for its inhabitans.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
[The] film is much more interesting visually than in story, which is merely a superficial excuse for the violent dispatching of bad guys.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A paper thin story supporting a lot of rain and moody lighting.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews