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Fragments (2008)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 12,619




Movie Info

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

R (for violent content, sexuality and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Roy Freirich
In Theaters:
Aug 4, 2009
Peace Arch Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Fragments

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.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

[A] well acted ensemble piece that I think you should see.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The anxiety is deafening in this flimsy symphony of shattered lives, which -- like that confounding Oscar winner Crash -- confuses entropy for empathy.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Time Out New York
Top Critic

...a watchable yet disappointing piece of work...

Full Review… | January 31, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Tolucan Times

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

Full Review… | August 6, 2009

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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2009
Los Angeles Daily News

Less a movie than a sociology thesis.

Full Review… | August 4, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Movie Retriever

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

Full Review… | July 28, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Fragments


An okay dramatic movie that was good in some parts and boring in others.

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

"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.

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.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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