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Fragments (2008)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 17

Sensitive but not insightful, Fragments pieces an ensemble together in the same way Crash did but without the gravitas.

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 8

Sensitive but not insightful, Fragments pieces an ensemble together in the same way Crash did but without the gravitas.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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In the aftermath of a gruesome restaurant murder, the survivors of the attack are left to ponder their own mortality and how it relates to their connection to society. Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, and Dakota Fanning headline Little Fish director Rowan Woods' adaptation of Roy Freirich's debut novel. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Roy Freirich

Aug 4, 2009

Peace Arch Entertainment

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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (17) | DVD (3)

The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character.

August 10, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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[A] well acted ensemble piece that I think you should see.

August 10, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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The grand statement it wants to make plays shallow instead of deep, leaving the film too weak-kneed to carry the weight of its broken world.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Fragments is both deeply self-serious and essentially meaningless, the sort of we're-all-connected tragedy in which birds fly free while humans remain stuck in place.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The casting directors of Fragments deserve credit for assembling so much talent in one modest movie; if only Rowan Woods, the director, knew what to do with them.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The anxiety is deafening in this flimsy symphony of shattered lives, which -- like that confounding Oscar winner Crash -- confuses entropy for empathy.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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...a watchable yet disappointing piece of work...

January 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A well-directed tense drama with a terrific cast, it is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense film with no special effects that relies on acting and script.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Even as it makes a show of complexity Fragments seems determined to pull together its various story strands.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Crash's Best Picture Oscar win helped jump-start a wave of self-deluded ensemble imitators who seem to feel that overt emotionalism ladled over a loosely connected narrative is a surefire sign of Important Filmmaking. Witness Fragments.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Less a movie than a sociology thesis.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Rowan Woods indulges in some sub-subpar Crash territory here, with a laughably self-serious narrative that has less to do with reality than histrionics.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook
Critic's Notebook

Despite its very impressive lineup, this film is full of inconsistencies and moves at a slow pace. So many performances are wasted.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

Frierich's hook is, well, killer. And Woods is patient with his story, letting small glances and tiny actions speak volumes.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Vividly conveys the sorrow and suffering brought into the lives of five individuals by a man with a gun and his act of random violence.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Yet another example of an undeniable truth in drama -- without the right screenplay, the best cast in the world can't make a film worth seeing.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

A harrowing examination of the metaphysical harm inflicted by gun massacres.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
Sly Fox

There's a miserable sense of a country that's terminally sick in the head and spirit. It's a tiresome idea, no matter how well the actors play it.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Fragments

This calm yet intense drama tells the story of a few survivors of a diner shooting and how they deal with the violence they were exposed to or the loss of loved ones. In somewhat unconnected story lines we follow the characters during the days after the event and see how differently they react, how they turn towards God, gambling, fear, indifference and deal with the newly experienced lack of control in their lives. The acting by an excellent cast (Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Forest Whitaker) is top notch and although all characters have a bit of an epiphany at the end of the film, it still doesn't offer an overall solution. How could it? The movie may not grasp the complexity of such a situation in its entirety, but it's still an interesting look at what people go through in such extreme situations. Worth seeing.
August 16, 2010
ironclad1609

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"You have to lose your way to find it."

A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.

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This film smacks of being made by folk who think they have very high IQ's. It is a very pretentious little bit of film making that attempts to examine what it is like to survive an act of uncommon violence in an urban setting. Many people do survive acts of violence in urban settings and usually the common consensus is that they are glad they survived instead of feeling nothing in particular, which is more or less how this film portrays the survivors, who immediately engage in recalcitrant acts that cross the line into outright criminality after about 24 hours passes from the initial incident. This is bad film making. The characters are stupid. Forest Whitaker is particularly ridiculous in this one. There is no way you would even want to identify with the characters in this movie. Really, it is that bad. I found myself thinking, they survived-so what-they are all morons. Avoid it.
May 18, 2010
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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Good ensemble drama like Babel, Magnolia and Traffic with the terrific ensemble cast. Many of these actors provide performances that prove they have more potential than I had previously thought. The film is about numerous characters who witness a murder, and the PTSD that follows them around afterward, and most of the actors have to portray a different PTSD side-effect with his or her performance, and all of them do it very well.
I never believed that Kate Beckinsale had anything to her name besides hot looks, but she plays a stressed-out mother very convincingly. As Dakota Fanning moves towards adulthood, she handles a particularly tricky (and religion-heavy) performance with ease.
December 6, 2009
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