review for Crimewave on AllMovie

Crimewave (1985)
by Jeremy Wheeler review

Crimewave was meant to be the "the ultimate picture of entertainment" according to director Sam Raimi. Unfortunately, due to major studio fiddling with the entire production (including replacing fan-favorite Bruce Campbell in the lead.), Raimi and company virtually shun the film now -- which is too bad, because Crimewave is still one outrageously fun ride. The audience gets treated to wild camera tricks, crazy characters, Three Stooges-esque sight gags, and a surreal Coen Brothers-esque chase through the longest set of doors ever put to screen (which is fitting since they helped write the script!). So while Bruce and the boys might not be too happy with the final result, fans can still love Crimewave for it's remaining zaniness and hope that one day, they can revisit it to truely deliver on Raimi's original promise.