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Crimewave

Crimewave

1985
Comedy
Crime
1h 26m
A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.
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Crimewave

1985
Comedy
Crime
1h 26m
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Avg Percentile 33.66% from 270 total ratings

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Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
94th
For fans of Sam Raimi, this is perhaps the long lost film you never knew you wanted with every aching bone in your body. Insanity abounds; they went all out with this production despite its set backs. I hope this gets rediscovered with Sam Raimi's new found success with Spider-Man, because this is certainly a diamond in the rough.
Rated 10 Sep 2009
6
52nd
Raimi, Coens and Campbell all in one movie would usually mean great things. It had some good slapstick comedy but its not anything memorable. Worth the watch but I would only recommend to fans of Raimi.
Rated 17 Oct 2009
55
11th
Fraco, um filme com roteiro dos Coen e direção do Sam Raimi mas que parece ter sido feito por crianças de 10 anos... Caricato demais, bobo demais, irritante demais.
Rated 18 Aug 2008
39
22nd
Well it wasn't the best, but at least Raimi has improved with time.
Rated 08 Aug 2014
80
81st
I honestly believe that Bruce Campbell cameos can cure cancer. Don't believe me? Watch this movie then! Also, I think that cinema needs more children tossing, but it might be just me. Do you agree? Let me know.
Rated 04 Jul 2019
25
7th
Even when it's a lousy slapstick that they didn't direct, the Coens still manage to have some cool-looking atmospheric lighting. How do they do it.
Rated 22 Oct 2021
75
26th
Viewed October 9, 2021. Sam Raimi's second feature is his most direct version of a live action cartoon, an absurd neo-noir filled with goofy character types and visual gags like, for example, Bruce Campbell's cigarette smoke curling up and transforming into a dancing lady. It's often as annoying as it is inspired - a balance that Raimi would figure out by the time of his next film, Evil Dead II - but I appreciate the movie's steadfast commitment to a very alienating vision.
Rated 08 Mar 2017
20
5th
garbage
Rated 30 Dec 2011
72
41st
It's easy to see how a collaborative effort between the Coen's and Raimi would end up such a weird mix in ideas. To be honest there were many times during this movie where I could have sworn I was watching a cartoon. I can easily say that everyone involved has done better, but it was nothing like this...
Rated 20 Dec 2009
15
0th
A very bad start for some very good filmakers.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
44th
Good elements. Problems in production apparently affected final result.
Rated 07 Jun 2022
45
6th
Directed by Raimi an co-written by the Coens you would think this a forgotten jewel made by these talents. Alas it isn't so. This is a broad comedy which plays like a zany whacky cartoon with a lot of physical comedy like the Three Stooges. Biggest problem is that is just painfully unfunny. Best about it is that it does move in a breathtaking pace and has a few sharp ideas. It is an interesting failure, whose most positive effect is that it teached those involved what doesn't work.
Rated 08 Feb 2013
52
12th
52.000
Rated 22 Nov 2023
28
8th
It's such a shame that the most direct Rami X Coen Brothers collaboration is best summed up by the word "annoying," but the more you look into the disastrous behind-the-scenes of Crimewave, the more it becomes clear why it turned out as awful as it did. It would be fascinating to have seen Raimi and the Coens make this later on in their careers, instead it goes down as the potential career low for all involved
Rated 29 Jul 2021
20
51st
Rated 28 Oct 2008
35
19th
Both Coen and Raimi elements are there, but lost in the urban jungle. I guess they had much fun doing this movie, I didn't.
Rated 27 Mar 2010
61
18th
Slap-stick humour and some surreal scenes which directly lifted from the old cartoons. Yet it almost works - it's occasionally very funny, the mood and setting are dark, and there's some decent performances.
Rated 13 Dec 2011
40
38th
Not that good but that chase scene near the end is pretty funny. Like how a car is parked on the road just to get crashed in to
Rated 26 Aug 2009
64
42nd
Good but not great. Worth a watch for fans of Raimi, the Coens and/or Bruce.
Rated 15 Feb 2007
60
62nd
Extremely funny slap stick comedy.
Rated 06 Nov 2023
68
24th
This film certainly does not take it self seriously. The script is wacky at times like a cartoon. However not everything works in the script. Overall this one is a miss.
Rated 10 Oct 2011
51
16th
51.250
Rated 04 Jan 2009
58
61st
okay movie
Rated 29 Jan 2011
10
4th
Terrible. Since Raimi was making good movies at the time, and this has his typically inventive cinematography, I'm going to attribute this failure to the Coens' moronic script.
Rated 17 Feb 2011
72
65th
FY Sam Raimi!
Rated 28 Sep 2014
70
56th
Now I know where the highway chase in the Matrix Reloaded comes from. :>
Rated 16 Dec 2015
90
73rd
Sam Raimi and the Coen brothers made a movie together! If you liked Evil Dead 2, this is for you.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
70
63rd
fun slapstick by Raimi
Rated 04 Mar 2022
65
35th
With a stellar trio of filmmakers and a production that sounds like hell, it is no surprise that Crimewave is a mixed bag. The movie is almost one single set piece filled with mayhem and Looney Tunes action. While I laughed and loved some of the art design, I did find myself straight up irritated at times. Brion James goes HARD and its grating.

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