Fragments Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 31, 2010
...a watchable yet disappointing piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 10, 2009
The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 10, 2009
[A] well acted ensemble piece that I think you should see.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
August 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 6, 2009
Even as it makes a show of complexity Fragments seems determined to pull together its various story strands.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brent Simon
Los Angeles Daily News
August 4, 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 | Original Score: D+
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
August 4, 2009
Less a movie than a sociology thesis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
August 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
July 31, 2009
Despite its very impressive lineup, this film is full of inconsistencies and moves at a slow pace. So many performances are wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
July 30, 2009
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.
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S. James Snyder
Time Out
July 30, 2009
The anxiety is deafening in this flimsy symphony of shattered lives, which -- like that confounding Oscar winner Crash -- confuses entropy for empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
July 30, 2009
The hell that Paul Haggis hath wrought grows exponentially by the day.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 29, 2009
The pace is too languid to sustain much viewer concentration, and whatever the characters go through seems only peripherally connected to the shooting in the diner. Close, but no cigar.
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
July 28, 2009
A harrowing examination of the metaphysical harm inflicted by gun massacres.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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