Fragments Reviews

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August 10, 2009
The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character.
August 10, 2009
[A] well acted ensemble piece that I think you should see.
August 7, 2009
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.
July 31, 2009
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.
July 31, 2009
Frierich's hook is, well, killer. And Woods is patient with his story, letting small glances and tiny actions speak volumes.
July 31, 2009
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.
January 31, 2010
...a watchable yet disappointing piece of work...
August 14, 2009
Harrowing proof of the metaphysical harm inflicted by gun massacres.
August 7, 2009
A well-directed tense drama with a terrific cast, it is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense film with no special effects that relies on acting and script.
August 6, 2009
Even as it makes a show of complexity Fragments seems determined to pull together its various story strands.
August 4, 2009
Crash's Best Picture Oscar win helped jump-start a wave of self-deluded ensemble imitators who seem to feel that overt emotionalism ladled over a loosely connected narrative is a surefire sign of Important Filmmaking. Witness Fragments.
August 4, 2009
Less a movie than a sociology thesis.
August 1, 2009
Rowan Woods indulges in some sub-subpar Crash territory here, with a laughably self-serious narrative that has less to do with reality than histrionics.
July 31, 2009
Despite its very impressive lineup, this film is full of inconsistencies and moves at a slow pace. So many performances are wasted.
July 31, 2009
Vividly conveys the sorrow and suffering brought into the lives of five individuals by a man with a gun and his act of random violence.
July 30, 2009
Yet another example of an undeniable truth in drama -- without the right screenplay, the best cast in the world can't make a film worth seeing.
July 30, 2009
The anxiety is deafening in this flimsy symphony of shattered lives, which -- like that confounding Oscar winner Crash -- confuses entropy for empathy.
July 30, 2009
The hell that Paul Haggis hath wrought grows exponentially by the day.
Top Critic
July 29, 2009
The pace is too languid to sustain much viewer concentration, and whatever the characters go through seems only peripherally connected to the shooting in the diner. Close, but no cigar.
July 28, 2009
A harrowing examination of the metaphysical harm inflicted by gun massacres.
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