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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.

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

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A movie undone by its formulaic plot conventions, and its need to give its star more screen time than his characters merits.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 2, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tenderness

  • Mar 26, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2011
    Directed by John Polson, which stars Jon Foster, Sophie Traub, Russell Crowe, and Laura Dern.[1] The film is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Cormier.Despite the good production, the whole story is a little improbable.Boring movie , a waste of Russel Crowe's talent.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2011
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2011
    Billed as a tense thriller, it really isnt that, and russell crowe who plays a getting past it detective is wasted, and focus more on a newly released young killer who may kill again, he picks up a young girl, crowe meanwhile thinks he will kill again, its rather dull in parts and could have been a whole lot better, theres no style and crowe could have done more
    scott g Super Reviewer

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