Tenderness (2008)




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Divorced parents travel from Brussels to the Alps to pick up their son who has been injured in a skiing accident.
R (for disturbing violent and sexual content, and language)
Art House & International , Drama
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Russell Crowe
as Lt. Cristofuoro
Laura Dern
as Aunt Teresa
Jon Foster
as Eric Komenko
Sophie Traub
as Lori Cranston
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Crowe's lumbering presence is a relief from all the gothic heaviness, but director John Polson's elliptical storytelling style quickly becomes an irritant.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A movie undone by its formulaic plot conventions, and its need to give its star more screen time than his characters merits.

December 11, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Crowe, who spends the movie trudging along ... and waxing lyrical about pain and pleasure, must be hoping no one sees this mawkish blunder. He will probably get his wish.

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Based on less ambiguous YA novel , the teens drive film and portrayals of damaged youth are tense and sympathetic, though their behavior veers too sharply to pathological.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
Maven's Nest

An arty psychological thriller that never catches fire as either a serial killer flick or character study.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Russell Crowe stumbles through lifeless thriller.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010

Audience Reviews for Tenderness

One of the worst performances by Crowe. Maybe this is where he got his awful portrayal of Javert in Les Miserables from. A real snoozer.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


This is a really good film. About a police detective who is possessed in making sure a young man who killed his parents spends the rest of his life in prison. At the same time when he is released from prison after turning 18, a young teenage girl falls in love with him. Trying to go straight is impossible because of the harassing detective. A surprising but predictable finish, first time I felt sorry for a killer. Excellent Job John Poison. 4 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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This 'Tenderness' turned out to be pretty hard on me. I can't understand why Russell Crowe chose to work in it. While his performance was (as well as that of other actors/actresses were) great as usual, the script was a bit too let-downer. I wasn't expecting anything incredible after seeing its rating as 5.6 on IMDb, but this was even lower than what I expected from a movie of that rating. It lacked that intensity that ought to be in this kind of movies.

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