'Alex Cross' Critic Reviews

54%
MovieWeb:   7 reviews
12%
Rotten Tomatoes:   117 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    A grim, dispiritingly stupid waste of time, energy, money and talent ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Tyler Perry should not give up his day job. At least not until he chooses better dramatic vehicles for branching out.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    If I hadn't had to stay awake, I would have slept though the whole thing. At home.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Hynes Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A strong candidate for dumbest film of the year ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Perry is a likable presence, but the movie around him is such a mess that he never gets to prove his potential.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The opening scene of "Alex Cross" serves notice of what's to come by taking us down into a Detroit sewer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    38
    For a franchise with an off-the-charts nuanced thinker as its protagonist, Alex Cross isn't very smart.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    20
    Somebody got it wrong. A lot of people got it wrong. And the result is one of the most ridiculous, laughable ...
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  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Alex Cross is coarse, punishing, and, in all the ways that matter, conscienceless ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The closer Cohen rams the camera to his pummeling actors, the more you don't know what's actually transpiring.
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  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Cliched, improbable, and frequently risible.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    13
    From its cliche opening -- an irrelevant gun battle and chase -- to its derivative climax, this is a film with decades of dust on it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    There's still a marketplace for a smart, well-crafted cat-and-mouse thriller. But "Alex Cross" isn't it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    The director acquits himself on the action front, but makes the simple procedural elements feel wooden and melodramatic, particularly in sappy home-life scenes.
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  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Cohen squanders a surprisingly recognizable cast on a half-baked plot adapted from James Patterson's series of novels.
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  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Perry is no more out of his depth here than anyone else in the cast.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Adam Nayman Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    Stripped down to his undershirt or brandishing an assault rifle, Perry looks both incongruous and ridiculous - an icon out of water.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago