Critics Consensus

Sensitive but not insightful, Fragments pieces an ensemble together in the same way Crash did but without the gravitas.



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In the aftermath of a gruesome restaurant murder, the survivors of the attack are left to ponder their own mortality and how it relates to their connection to society. Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, and Dakota Fanning headline Little Fish director Rowan Woods' adaptation of Roy Freirich's debut novel. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Forest Whitaker
as Charlie Archenault
Kate Beckinsale
as Carla Davenport
Guy Pearce
as Dr. Bruce Laraby
Dakota Fanning
as Anne Hagen
Jennifer Hudson
as Kathy Archenault
Jackie Earle Haley
as Bob Jasperson
Jeanne Tripplehorn
as Doris Hagen
Embeth Davidtz
as Joan Laraby
Josh Hutcherson
as Jimmy Jasperson
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Critic Reviews for Fragments

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

  • The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character.

    Aug 10, 2009
  • [A] well acted ensemble piece that I think you should see.

    Aug 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The grand statement it wants to make plays shallow instead of deep, leaving the film too weak-kneed to carry the weight of its broken world.

    Aug 7, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Fragments is both deeply self-serious and essentially meaningless, the sort of we're-all-connected tragedy in which birds fly free while humans remain stuck in place.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Frierich's hook is, well, killer. And Woods is patient with his story, letting small glances and tiny actions speak volumes.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • The casting directors of Fragments deserve credit for assembling so much talent in one modest movie; if only Rowan Woods, the director, knew what to do with them.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fragments

  • Oct 02, 2011
    An okay dramatic movie that was good in some parts and boring in others.
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2010
    <i>"You have to lose your way to find it."</i> A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner. <center><font size=+2 face="Century Schoolbook"><b><u>REVIEW</u></b></font></center> This film smacks of being made by folk who think they have very high IQ's. It is a very pretentious little bit of film making that attempts to examine what it is like to survive an act of uncommon violence in an urban setting. Many people do survive acts of violence in urban settings and usually the common consensus is that they are glad they survived instead of feeling nothing in particular, which is more or less how this film portrays the survivors, who immediately engage in recalcitrant acts that cross the line into outright criminality after about 24 hours passes from the initial incident. This is bad film making. The characters are stupid. Forest Whitaker is particularly ridiculous in this one. There is no way you would even want to identify with the characters in this movie. Really, it is that bad. I found myself thinking, they survived-so what-they are all morons. Avoid it.
    Lorenzo v Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2010
    Meh. I didnt really have very high expectations and its a good thing I didnt. The story was okay although I ended up hating several of the characters. Kate Beckinsale the most actually. A lot of the characters arent as important as the rest. Truthfully, thinking back, a lot of this movie was very average and unimpressive. What did this movie teach me? You have to know your limits.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    Most films that are split into separate parts and tell a story in pieces, come together at the end. All the characters converge, culminating in a terrific ending, but Fragments was different, in that all the characters were together in the opening sequence, and then the film splits into individual stories. The story is centered around a group of people in a diner, when a shooter comes in an opens fire. Following the shooting, we see how each person reacts and how their lives are changed by what happened. It sounds like a very good story and that's exactly why I rented it, however the reverse order of the film makes it somewhat anti-climatic. All the interesting stuff happens in the beginning of the film and what follows, just gets slower, stranger, and somewhat less interesting. The film really doesn't have a single person that you can put the label of star on, but as far as performances go, Forrest Whitaker easily gives the strongest one. Whitaker does almost exclusively independent films and is always overlooked because of it, but this man can honestly play any role and in my eyes is among the elite in Hollywood. On the reverse side, Dakota Fanning's character almost completely destroys this film. After what happened, this little girl finds God and starts preaching to the masses. I'm all for anything that gives people hope and makes their lives better, but when anyone, even a character in a movie, starts preaching to anyone who will listen, it gets very old, very quickly. Fragments is not a bad film, just an unusual one. With the story they had, following the traditional format would have been impossible, but that doesn't mean that this was the way to go. What started out as a terrific film, quickly turned into something that was nearly unwatchable.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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