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Frailty Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Everything in the movies depends on the strength of the script, and many an indie film has ridden a good script to glory. In this film, the greatest Frailty is the writing.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 12, 2002
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2002
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Violent and ultimately uneven and unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 24, 2010
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Bill Paxton, longtime bit-player and significantly underrated character actor, makes his directorial debut with Frailty, a joyless tale of one family's psychotic cycle of violence.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies

July 2, 2008
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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A spectacularly gruesome and emotionally destructive, if fictitious, account of child abuse, mounted to provide two tweaks of emotion in a clumsily telegraphed surprise ending.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 12, 2002
Rob Gonsalves

Feels like Sling Blade rewritten at a crawl by Stephen King.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Paxton steals the show. And O'Leary more than holds his own again here. Too bad it's in a movie that fails to live up to its potential.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

July 30, 2013
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An overpraised thriller that's really as superficial as a bruise.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C-

August 5, 2007
Rob Blackwelder

At the eyes were so sore from rolling at the film's predictability and narrative loopholes I could barely see straight.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine

Frailty contains all the trappings of the Gothic murder story without any sense of irony, complexity, or graveyard creepiness.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: D

April 12, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Even if the film isn't nearly as clever or insightful as it thinks it is, at least it has the courage to go for a chillingly offbeat conclusion.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 14, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's all surface psychodramatics.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

September 23, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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payoff isn't worth the time invested.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
John Anderson
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All the eloquence and structure in the world couldn't save it from a fatal case of toxic ham poisoning.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 12, 2002
Robert Wilonsky
New Times

Like so many other allegedly scary movies, it gets so tangled up in The Twist that it chokes the energy right out of the very audience it seeks to frighten.

April 11, 2002
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Frailty is disturbing, all right, but then so is sticking needles in your eyes. And I wouldn't recommend either.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 2/5

February 8, 2014
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

...actually misleads you into thinking it's good.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C

June 22, 2002
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2003
Brian Mckay

So grim, dim, and formulaic, that there is no room for any kind of visceral connection or genuine suspense.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

March 19, 2003
August 12, 2002
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