Both overwrought and insipid, "Alex Cross" is alternately overdone and underdeveloped. The story of James Patterson's famed forensic psychologist and the killer currently toying with him suffers from too many bad moments (poor acting and dialogue, strange directorial choices, and a stylized look that does not connect with or support its story) and too little quality. The film is a rote cat and mouse thriller featuring characters who are trapped in an unbelievable and undeveloped arc.
"Alex Cross" does have some high points. The film, a times, feels like a throwback to the stylized thrillers of the 80s and 90s; and television doctors Matthew Fox and John C. McGinley rise above the material with respectively crazed and sardonic perfromances. Unfortunately, neither Fox's villain nor McGinley's supporting cop are fleshed out enough to satisfy, and these could-be saving graces are ultimately wasted.