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Affliction Reviews

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Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Nolte could have based his oddly sympathetic performance on the image of a sick animal scrounging for food and shelter along deserted country roads.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
Schrader has skillfully turned Banks' novel into a compelling character study.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
June 12, 2006
Well acted by Nolte and Coburn, Schrader's strongest film in years is a powerful reverie on family curse, how incontrollable anger, drinking, and violence almost inevitably pass on from one generation to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
Affliction is a shattering film, a dose of bracing naturalism based on Russell Banks' most lacerating novel.
| Original Score: A-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 7, 2004
One wonders why Dafoe is even in the movie. But Nolte is, and that's what enriches Schrader's bleak drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 17, 2003
A terrifying movie that faces the truth of cruelty and its everlasting results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
The heart of Affliction is Nick Nolte's searing performance.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 13, 2002
Chilly, despite some remarkable components
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Rarely has the dynamics of family violence been portrayed on the screen with such grim and palpable power.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a powerful, bleak family drama about a son's tragic inability to not become his father
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Living in a small New England town myself, I can attest to how uncannily realistic the town and the people in it appeared to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
If you want a personal, compelling tale with a touch of intrigue, let Affliction haunt you for a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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