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Tenderness Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An arty psychological thriller that never catches fire as either a serial killer flick or character study.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

June 22, 2011
Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Russell Crowe stumbles through lifeless thriller.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 31, 2010
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com

The picture is crowded with captivating tones and contemplation, navigating a tricky tale of murder, perversion, and obsession with a fine edge of suspense and an interesting take on the human condition.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: B

April 25, 2010
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Crowe's lumbering presence is a relief from all the gothic heaviness, but director John Polson's elliptical storytelling style quickly becomes an irritant.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

December 11, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A movie undone by its formulaic plot conventions, and its need to give its star more screen time than his characters merits.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Crowe, who spends the movie trudging along ... and waxing lyrical about pain and pleasure, must be hoping no one sees this mawkish blunder. He will probably get his wish.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

December 11, 2009
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Polson maintains an unsettling tension throughout the narrative, building his slow-burn thriller to a climax that deliberately runs counter to the in-your-face genre principles of which he proved such a master with his first two thriller outings.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

May 1, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Since moving to Hollywood, Australian director John Polson has become a very competent filmmaker. I hope he finds better scripts for his future projects.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

May 1, 2009
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)

It's hard to understand what keeps these characters moving, and without true indie grit or the runaway tension that would otherwise satisfy the multiplex, Tenderness drops somewhere in-between...and that is mostly a disappointing nowhere.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

May 1, 2009
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Cormier himself called Tenderness a tough book written in "a minor key" and perhaps Polson was inspired by the description. But if so, he doesn't come close.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 1, 2009
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

It does have a few plot contrivances, but the tension is skilfully built and the cast is uniformly excellent.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/4

May 1, 2009
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

This is a fascinating study, but the adaptation struggles to get the story across with as much punch as it might. On the other hand, John Polson shows a lucid eye for the genre

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 24, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The mood that Polson creates is a little like walking into a thick mist and finding yourself lost in the fog. Perhaps we get a little too lost within, but much of the film is engrossing, as are the performances

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 24, 2009
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 0/5

January 14, 2010
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