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Alex Cross

Mystery . Crime . Thriller . Action

After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.

Actors: Carmen Ejogo , Chad Lindberg , John C. McGinley , Cicely Tyson , Edward Burns , Giancarlo Esposito , Matthew Fox , Jean Reno , Rachel Nichols , Tyler Perry
Directors: Rob Cohen
Country: USA , FRANCE
Release: 2012-10-19
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  • Lawrence Toppman

    Director Rob Cohen shoots believable action sequences, too. Nobody jumps the gap between skyscrapers or falls 40 feet, then gets up and runs away.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Rebooting novelist James Patterson's famous Alex Cross character for the big screen, Tyler Perry aims at new cinematic territory and scores a bullseye as the Detroit detective embroiled in a hunt for a mega-evil killer that turns personal.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Alex Cross isn't meant to be analyzed too deeply. The title character probably sums up the best strategy for appreciating the film's modest pleasures when he says, "Don't overthink it; I'm just looking for a bad guy."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    There is one thing interesting about Alex Cross, and if you miss this, you've missed the whole movie. It's not the story - it's worse than mediocre. It's not the lead actor - nothing wrong with Tyler Perry, but as an action star he's no Vin Diesel. And it's not the dialogue, which has a clunker every other scene. It's the direction. Notice the direction. Alex Cross is a good example of what a seriously talented director can do with a heaping pile of garbage.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Alex Cross is filled with accidental comedy, and while it's a mess in any traditional movie sense, it's has its moments of preposterous fun that come in the form of a nonsensical plot and a fabulously competent, scenery-gnawing villain.

    Movieline Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There's nothing in Alex Cross that argues another installment is warranted, but much will depend on whether Tyler Perry's audience crosses over and continues to follow him in this new, very different role.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Where Freeman was warm but enigmatic, Perry is warm but empty.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The sharpest five minutes in Alex Cross, by a considerable margin, belong to Giancarlo Esposito.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A disjointed thriller with two many characters rattling around.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Perry must have felt it was high time for him to try his hand at playing a darker role. But starring in this badly directed, suspense-free film with its unintentionally laughable dialogue does Perry no favors.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ken McIntyre

    Miscast and underwritten, Alex Cross does not reinvent Tyler Perry, or James Patterson's character, or anything, really. The only appeal here is the sick kick of watching a franchise blow itself to bloody stumps.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The resulting film, despite its occasional outbursts of action and tension, is less an action film than a psychological thriller, although even there it fumbles the ball.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    It neglects, for one thing, to make any sense.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    It's a strange sort of film that casts Gallic tough guy Jean Reno as a clean-fingernailed mogul while employing cross-dressing comic Tyler Perry as a guy capable of hand-to-hand combat with someone called The Butcher of Sligo.

    NPR Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Though they lack chemistry as a team, it's gratifying to see both Perry and Burns stretching in ways they haven't before.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Aside from these curious role reversals, though, Alex Cross is a mess. Drawing on every conceivable '80s B-movie action cliché and treating its beleaguered female characters like pieces of meat (literally, in one scene of butchery), director Rob Cohen squanders a surprisingly recognizable cast on a half-baked plot adapted from James Patterson's series of novels.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Nothing works. Or some of it works, but that doesn't matter because what's working is so deeply, painfully boring.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mike DAngelo

    Perry shifts into full-on badass mode... well, the best that can be said is that he's sincere. For all that, he's still less embarrassing than Lost's Matthew Fox, likewise cast against type as the film's sadistic villain.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    There's not a moment in Alex Cross that doesn't function splendidly as comedy. Which means that for all his cool-cat preening and heroic soul-searching, Tyler Perry must have felt right at home.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    What a whorish film this is: Even the serial killer lectures the detective.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's a courageous but misguided move on Perry's part; he has none of Freeman's soulful, nuanced subtlety, and watching him display the gamut of emotions called for in Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson's script is like watching the Hulk attempt Swan Lake.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In the face of such junk, the idea that Fox would proudly put himself on a punishing regime of severe diet and exercise to get prisoner-skinny-yet-crazy-muscled for the job of make-believe is vanity at best, obscenity at worst.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

    Instead of playing the role in drag, the erstwhile Madea simply is a drag.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Alex Cross is slipshod cinema hoping to capitalize on a star out of his orbit here.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Formulaic serial-killer crapola.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    In drag or out of it, the soft-spoken star has rarely been less convincing than when locking and loading from his home arsenal or dangling from a decaying Detroit edifice.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The best of the Alex Cross mess suggests that as an actor, he has the talent to move beyond the world of Madea should he want to. He just needs to look for much better material.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The cross-dressing "Madea" star seems out of his depth playing the hard-boiled detective made famous by Morgan Freeman in "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls." Even action helmer Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious," "XXX") seems to be off his game here.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The movie is stunningly perfunctory, soul-crushingly oblivious to its own lack of originality, and, to be blunt, just plain dumb.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Alex Cross is more boring than your average weeknight procedural, except much longer, dumber and more violent.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Expositional and often self-serious to the point of genuine awkwardness, the dialogue is never as haltingly unconvincing as when it's attempting to give some approximation of Alex Cross's essential looseness and good humor.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    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. [19 Oct 2012]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
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