Critics Consensus

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



Reviews Counted: 31

liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 12,676


All Critics | Top Critics
Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Count: 0
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 2.8/5

You may have noticed some of the recent changes we have made. To read more about what we’ve been working on behind the scenes, please check out our new RT Product Blog here.

Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    

Fragments Photos

Movie Info

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

Watch it now


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
View All

News & Interviews for Fragments

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


An okay dramatic movie that was good in some parts and boring in others.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


This calm yet intense drama tells the story of a few survivors of a diner shooting and how they deal with the violence they were exposed to or the loss of loved ones. In somewhat unconnected story lines we follow the characters during the days after the event and see how differently they react, how they turn towards God, gambling, fear, indifference and deal with the newly experienced lack of control in their lives. The acting by an excellent cast (Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Forest Whitaker) is top notch and although all characters have a bit of an epiphany at the end of the film, it still doesn't offer an overall solution. How could it? The movie may not grasp the complexity of such a situation in its entirety, but it's still an interesting look at what people go through in such extreme situations. Worth seeing.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

"You have to lose your way to find it." A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.

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 von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

Good ensemble drama like Babel, Magnolia and Traffic with the terrific ensemble cast. Many of these actors provide performances that prove they have more potential than I had previously thought. The film is about numerous characters who witness a murder, and the PTSD that follows them around afterward, and most of the actors have to portray a different PTSD side-effect with his or her performance, and all of them do it very well. I never believed that Kate Beckinsale had anything to her name besides hot looks, but she plays a stressed-out mother very convincingly. As Dakota Fanning moves towards adulthood, she handles a particularly tricky (and religion-heavy) performance with ease.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Fragments Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features