• Frailty
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    Added: May 9, 2008

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Frailty Reviews

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
Robert Koehler
Variety
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A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, "Frailty" moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 21, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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| Original Score: 3/4

August 14, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Paxton's first movie as director is better than you might expect. It has a first rate cast, and Bill Butler's camerawork and some deft editing help to crank up the tension.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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With an admirably dark first script by Brent Hanley, Paxton, making his directorial feature debut, does strong, measured work.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 16, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Paxton wins quiet victories here as both star and helmer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

June 1, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I love the way that it took chances and really asks you to take these great leaps of faith and pays off.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 15, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A terrifying low-budget thriller that packs a greater wallop than most of the high-priced studio scarefests.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 14, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A suitably suspenseful and disturbing drama.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

April 12, 2002
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
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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As a first-time director, Paxton has tapped something in himself as an actor that provides Frailty with its dark soul.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

April 12, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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An accomplished debut, but not an enjoyable one; the shivers it provokes are disturbing rather than delicious, and its story is unusually gruesome.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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If you're in the mood to be seriously creeped out, this is the shocker for you.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2002
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Dumb but also unrelentingly dark and ugly, thereby depriving the viewer of any camp value.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 0/4

April 12, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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You ... get a sense of good intentions derailed by a failure to seek and strike just the right tone.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 12, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A genuinely creepy Southern Gothic thriller that once again proves that in horror movies, sometimes less is actually more.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's the cinematic equivalent of a good page-turner, and even if it's nonsense, its claws dig surprisingly deep.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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If the very concept makes you nervous ... you'll have an idea of the film's creepy, scary effectiveness.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2002
Sam Allis
Boston Globe
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This is gruesome, not gripping.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 12, 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
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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Paxton has attempted to make a psychological thriller out of material that has no actual psychology in it.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 12, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Intellectually cheap: a superficial exploration of child abuse, with some X-Files atmosphere and excessive narrative complication.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 12, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An extraordinary work, concealing in its depths not only unexpected story turns but also implications, hidden at first, that make it even deeper and more sad.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

April 12, 2002
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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Frailty may be only a genre film, but it forcefully reminds us of the degree to which all of us are our parents' ideological captives when we're children.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 12, 2002
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Frailty isn't as gory or explicit. But in its child-centered, claustrophobic context, it can be just as frightening and disturbing -- even punishing.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

April 12, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A completely spooky piece of business that gets under your skin and, some plot blips aside, stays there for the duration.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A haunting tale of murder and mayhem.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

April 11, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Whether or not you fall fully under the sinister spell of Frailty, the unsettling and accomplished directing debut of actor Bill Paxton, you will have to concede its bravery.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A meditation on faith and madness, Frailty is blood-curdling stuff.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Although Frailty may not be a complete success, it offers ample evidence that Paxton could have a career in the director's chair.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is Paxton's directorial debut and it's quite impressive.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 11, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Against all odds in heaven and hell, it creeped me out just fine.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

April 11, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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If Frailty isn't quite the devastation it could've been ... it remains the most pungent American-Pentecostal mini-nightmare since 1996's true-crime doc Paradise Lost.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 9, 2002
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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An unsettling, memorable cinematic experience that does its predecessors proud.

April 4, 2002
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