Fracture Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 1, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 30, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
June 30, 2007
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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 30, 2007
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April 30, 2007
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 23, 2007
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 23, 2007
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 20, 2007
A provocative game that plays out with intelligence and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 20, 2007
Fracture breaks no new ground, but with [Gosling and Hopkins] around, you'll never be bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 20, 2007
Gosling is both amazing and adrift in this almost thoroughly forgettable upscale legal drama and you're left praying that the stardom so surely coming his way doesn't come with a Hopkins clause attached.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2007
Fracture is what audiences want when they go to a suspense thriller: a flashy, colorful villain; a protagonist who's imperfect enough to be interesting; and most of all a story that keeps viewers guessing, while playing fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 20, 2007
Fracture, a stylish thriller so highly strung it zings, gives us Hopkins, an actor at the top of his game, in material that's only middling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 20, 2007
An entertaining battle of wills and styles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 20, 2007
Although Hopkins could surely portray a charismatic killer in his sleep by now, he's clearly having a ball, while Gosling, gliding through every scene with deceptively casual confidence, seems determined to prove himself the best actor of his generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 20, 2007
The movie's logic fails at the end -- it betrays a criminal blind spot in its reasoning -- but you're best off not subjecting it to any prolonged analysis. Don't think. Just watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 20, 2007
Director Gregory Hoblit can't seem to find any real heart in this story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 20, 2007
Although the direction and the clever script are far above average, what truly keeps Fracture riveting is the battle of wills and wits waged by its costars, old lion Anthony Hopkins and crouching tiger Ryan Gosling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 20, 2007
Fracture is aptly named. It's one of those movies in which cracks appear the minute you begin to look too closely.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 20, 2007
Fracture is no Silence of the Lambs. In fact, it's no Primal Fear. Anthony Hopkins may well be smarter than all of us put together, but his busy career sometimes has more breadth than wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Miriam Di Nunzio
Chicago Sun-Times
April 20, 2007
Smart, fast-paced and intriguing. Not a perfect film, but a perfectly entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 20, 2007
The movie seems so content to be smarter than you're expecting that it never amounts to more than a talky tease. What's breezy about the first half of the picture turns logy in the second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 20, 2007
The glib entertainment Fracture offers an assortment of tasty treats, notably the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 19, 2007
The picture is clever, somber, quiet: There's just no reason it has to be as deadly boring as it is.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2007
The best way to enjoy it is to suspend your disbelief and soak up the actorly tête-à-tête that pits wily veteran Anthony Hopkins against young gun Ryan Gosling in the kind of courtroom potboiler that can be fun if you let it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2007
This hugely entertaining thriller is what's needed to banish a winter-long case of movie blues.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 19, 2007
It's possible that audiences don't even care anymore if a film makes sense as long it's entertaining. Fracture is both.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 19, 2007
As a vehicle for two fine actors, Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, it's at its best.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 19, 2007
Somewhere along the way I gave up on following the ostensibly mind-boggling plot and just thrilled to the visible electricity between the two male leads.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 19, 2007
Sometimes movies that shouldn't work deliver an outcome that's as satisfying as Fracture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 19, 2007
Just because a movie is freakin' preposterous doesn't mean it can't be diabolical fun. Case in point: Fracture.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 19, 2007
With Anthony Hopkins in the lead and a screenplay that was composed by writers not merely interested in fitting together a jigsaw puzzle of clichà (C)s, this movie is gruesomely engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 19, 2007
While Fracture walks a thin line between fulfilling expectations and confounding them, screenwriter Daniel Pyne does a reasonably good job in balancing the battle of wits between his rising legal-eagle and his calculating wife-killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 19, 2007
Powerfully acted and tightly plotted, Fracture is solid entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 19, 2007
Fracture takes a legal procedural that reeks of week-old Law & Order and pulls it off with unexpected zeal by playing up the bass line instead of the melody and by offering us two gifted actors working at the top of their game.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2007
The strengths of director Gregory Hoblit's drama may well have nothing to do with what gets gets filmgoers off the couch and into the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 19, 2007
Fracture may be Hollywood slick, but it's got a niftily intricate plot and some explosive mano a mano acting that keep you riveted.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 18, 2007
Fracture is suspenseful and darkly stylish, but it also has an unexpectedly dry sense of humor. It's actually a lot funnier and a lot less stiff and self-serious than such a thriller might look.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2007
It may be obvious that Fracture is working on us, playing us, but that's its pleasure. It makes overwrought manipulation seem more than a basic instinct.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 18, 2007
An exceptionally suspenseful nail-biter.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 17, 2007
Up to a point, the movie has a certain intricacy and novelty. The trouble comes as it gropes for an ending.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
April 17, 2007
[Gosling's] the kind of actor who makes other actors look lazy. He is Brando at the time of Streetcar, or Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, and altogether one of the more remarkable happenings at the movies today.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 16, 2007
What makes Fracture hum is the way Hopkins bares his teeth, twitches his nostrils, and trains his shiny pinprick Lecter eyes on his co-star.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 12, 2007
An open-and-shut case becomes an elegantly framed battle of wits in Fracture, an absorbing legal thriller.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 12, 2007
Shallow entertainment where you have no rooting interest in the outcome.