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Tenderness Reviews

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Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest
January 2, 2016
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 22, 2011
An arty psychological thriller that never catches fire as either a serial killer flick or character study.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Don Groves
December 31, 2010
Russell Crowe stumbles through lifeless thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
April 25, 2010
The picture is crowded with captivating tones and contemplation, navigating a tricky tale of murder, perversion, and obsession with a fine edge of suspense and an interesting take on the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 11, 2009
A movie undone by its formulaic plot conventions, and its need to give its star more screen time than his characters merits.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
May 1, 2009
Polson maintains an unsettling tension throughout the narrative, building his slow-burn thriller to a climax that deliberately runs counter to the in-your-face genre principles of which he proved such a master with his first two thriller outings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 1, 2009
Since moving to Hollywood, Australian director John Polson has become a very competent filmmaker. I hope he finds better scripts for his future projects.
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)
May 1, 2009
It's hard to understand what keeps these characters moving, and without true indie grit or the runaway tension that would otherwise satisfy the multiplex, Tenderness drops somewhere in-between...and that is mostly a disappointing nowhere.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
May 1, 2009
Cormier himself called Tenderness a tough book written in "a minor key" and perhaps Polson was inspired by the description. But if so, he doesn't come close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 1, 2009
It does have a few plot contrivances, but the tension is skilfully built and the cast is uniformly excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 24, 2009
This is a fascinating study, but the adaptation struggles to get the story across with as much punch as it might. On the other hand, John Polson shows a lucid eye for the genre
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 24, 2009
The mood that Polson creates is a little like walking into a thick mist and finding yourself lost in the fog. Perhaps we get a little too lost within, but much of the film is engrossing, as are the performances
Matthew Turner
January 14, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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