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Fracture (2007)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 172
Fresh: 123 | Rotten: 49

Though Fracture's plot is somewhat implausible, the onscreen face-off between Gosling and Hopkins overshadows any faults.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 9

Though Fracture's plot is somewhat implausible, the onscreen face-off between Gosling and Hopkins overshadows any faults.



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A structural engineer (Anthony Hopkins) and an ambitious young district attorney (Ryan Gosling) become locked in a deadly battle of wits when the former is found innocent in the attempted murder of his wife in director Gregory Hoblit's tense tale of courtroom mind games. Ted Crawford (Hopkins) is an engineer who lives with his wife, Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz), in the couple's lavish Southern California home. One day, after carefully planning out the details to ensure that there is no way he can


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Daniel Pyne, Glenn Gers

Aug 14, 2007


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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (123) | Rotten (49) | DVD (18)

It's straightforward and nongimmicky (you don't have to wonder whodunit because we're told in the first few minutes), involves a minimum of blood and gore, and holds our interest nicely.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A strong cast and smart-talking characters help elevate this into very watchable territory, with just enough suspense and style to win through.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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A smart and snappy thriller that makes light work of its ethical dilemmas, Fracture is a little too neat and tidy to stick in the mind for long, but the Hopkins-Gosling pairing is choice, and neither comes up short.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Fracture is the kind of polished cat-and-mouse movie thriller that depends entirely on the cat and the mouse having read and agreed to the script in advance.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source:
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You've got to expect comparisons to Silence of the Lambs. The verdict: for me at least Fracture isn't even a fraction as good.

April 23, 2007 | Comments (3)
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The main interest here is the juxtaposing of Gosling's Method acting with Hopkins's more classical style, a spectacle even more mesmerizing than the settings.

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The villain is more interesting than the hero, but Fracture functions well enough as a fun piece of puzzle-solving.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

[Hopkins and Gosling's] courtroom power struggle holds this Fractured drama together.

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Doesn't hold up to a lick of scrutiny, which is a shame, since it provides such juicy material for a pair of contrasting actors...

June 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Um thriller bem realizado que abusa do talento da dupla principal para tentar se diferenciar de tantos outros exemplares do gênero. E quase consegue.

April 15, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Fracture is an entertaining movie that should be better than it is.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

You come away feeling as if you have been watching a battle between two second-tier opponents.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

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September 28, 2007 Full Review Source:

While you might feel conflicted between whether you're seeing Hannibal Lecter all over again or you're in awe because it's hauntingly brilliant, Anthony Hopkins and the film's makers molded pieces of the previous character into a uniquely tailored altered

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

A light psychological thriller that works better on a technical level than a thematic or character-centric one.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

At no moment does this stop feeling like an especially glossy and especially joyless episode of Law and Order.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's occasionally quite witty, it's able to tell us a great deal about its characters and their back stories in an economic fashion and its plot swings are surprising and compelling.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Even if you don't leave the movie entirely satisfied, you won't have had a bad time, either.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's so well written and well acted you hope Fracture holds up all the way, but problems develop.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Ethics, morals and the will to win are the core issues of Fracture, a gripping puzzle of a thriller that plays out as a mind game between two men

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Not since Lecter has a role been this well suited to Hopkins, whose intelligence and pristine formality as an actor often make him seem alien.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The main draw, of course, is watching Hopkins and Gosling go head-to-head. And both are more than up to the challenge.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling are electrifying in Gregory Hoblit's otherwise mediocre thriller.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: MovieWeb

Enjoyable, stylishly directed thriller with a gripping plot and superb performances from Gosling and Hopkins.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for Fracture

December 24, 2013
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Although the story was intriguing and entertaining throughout, the unpredictable ending twist was somehow predictable. I don't mean the twist itself was predictable, just that you know that there would be an unpredictable ending. Anthony Hopkin's character was smug throughout but you just knew he wouldn't get away with it, it just seemed a bit too formulaic, even though I quite liked the end. I liked it, it just needed a little kick, something out of the blue and unexpected to give it a little spice.
January 16, 2013

Super Reviewer

Ted (Anthony) is a wealthy businessman who murders his wife in cold blood as she was having an affair. An assistant DA (Ryan) is not his match in court so he gets off scott free even though he made a signed confession. Interesting twists in the movie. Good cast.
January 13, 2013
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Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Billy Burke, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Larry Sullivan, Fiona Shaw, Xander Berkeley

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Summary: Anthony Hopkins stars in this legal thriller as Ted Crawford, a man who allegedly attempted to murder his wife and is now locked in a battle of wits with a young assistant district attorney, Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling). The D.A. is convinced Crawford has blood on his hands, but Crawford is freed on a technicality, sending Beachum on an obsessive mission to prove Crawford's guilt -- even if he has to bend the law to do it.

My Thoughts: "This is an intelligent suspense thriller. Hopkins is so good at playing creepy. He's quite clever and devilish in this role. Ryan Gosling was just as great. It takes a good actor to make his presence known when working with a great like Hopkins, and he manages to do just that. Besides the acting, the story is also very strong. Some seen the ending coming, but getting there is a great ride. It's a great film of catch-me-if-you-can, with Gosling trying to solve the "perfect murder". The film pulls you in from the start and never lets go. One of the best suspense/thrillers I have seen."
February 23, 2012

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    1. Ted Crawford: Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
    – Submitted by Ganesh K (15 months ago)
    1. Detective Rob Nunally: I tried to warn you didn't I?
    2. DA Willy Beachum: No, you warned me that he was smart. You didn't warn me that you were stupid.
    3. Detective Rob Nunally: Fuck you little punk. Fuck you.
    4. DA Willy Beachum: Fuck me? Well you already did that.
    – Submitted by Nastassia J (2 years ago)
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