Affliction Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Nolte could have based his oddly sympathetic performance on the image of a sick animal scrounging for food and shelter along deserted country roads.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Schrader has skillfully turned Banks' novel into a compelling character study.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 12, 2006
Well acted by Nolte and Coburn, Schrader's strongest film in years is a powerful reverie on family curse, how incontrollable anger, drinking, and violence almost inevitably pass on from one generation to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
Affliction is a shattering film, a dose of bracing naturalism based on Russell Banks' most lacerating novel.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 7, 2004
One wonders why Dafoe is even in the movie. But Nolte is, and that's what enriches Schrader's bleak drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 17, 2003
A terrifying movie that faces the truth of cruelty and its everlasting results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2002
Despite some great performances, Affliction never really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
The heart of Affliction is Nick Nolte's searing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 13, 2002
Chilly, despite some remarkable components
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Rarely has the dynamics of family violence been portrayed on the screen with such grim and palpable power.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 17, 2001
Overwrought metaphors abound in Paul Schrader's ham-fisted Affliction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a powerful, bleak family drama about a son's tragic inability to not become his father
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
If you want a personal, compelling tale with a touch of intrigue, let Affliction haunt you for a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Living in a small New England town myself, I can attest to how uncannily realistic the town and the people in it appeared to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
January 1, 2000
Schrader has made his reputation revealing the scarred psyches of American men.... In "Affliction" he creates his most poignant and powerful work.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
January 1, 2000
A terrible waste of a cast, script, and my time.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
af.flic.tion \a'flik-shen\ n 1 : the state of being afflicted 2 a : the cause of persistent pain or distress b : great suffering
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
The powerful performances by Nolte and Coburn make the film well worth a look, even if they are part of a less-than-developed whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
Such an angry and bitter motion picture that you can almost physically feel the emotional coldness that is brewing under the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Affliction is one of Paul Schrader's most subtle and confident films, and damn hard to shake off.
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