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Frailty Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 8, 2014
Frailty is disturbing, all right, but then so is sticking needles in your eyes. And I wouldn't recommend either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 30, 2013
Paxton steals the show. And O'Leary more than holds his own again here. Too bad it's in a movie that fails to live up to its potential.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 18, 2011
...a solid thriller from a promising first-time director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Violent and ultimately uneven and unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
One of the best horror mysteries ever conceived and yet one constantly over looked.
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Robert Koehler
November 21, 2008
A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, "Frailty" moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Frailty marks a fine directorial debut for Bill Paxton. He judges the material expertly and brings it to the boil effectively ...
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
July 2, 2008
Bill Paxton, longtime bit-player and significantly underrated character actor, makes his directorial debut with Frailty, a joyless tale of one family's psychotic cycle of violence.
Lucius Gore
June 17, 2008
The film's just about perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008
Feels like Sling Blade rewritten at a crawl by Stephen King.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 5, 2007
An overpraised thriller that's really as superficial as a bruise.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Paxton's first movie as director is better than you might expect. It has a first rate cast, and Bill Butler's camerawork and some deft editing help to crank up the tension.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
The intricate plotting . . . reveals everything and yet, using the audiences preconceived notions, makes each fact a surprise and each fiction a shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
So grim, dim, and formulaic, that there is no room for any kind of visceral connection or genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003
Paxton not only directs but acts, so there was a double threat. But he does both with so much commitment that the film is a revelation.
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
March 4, 2003
This looks - and chills - like the start of a very promising new career for Paxton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 25, 2003
Some good ideas went into the meat grinder, but what came out was largely uninteresting absurdist mush.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 5, 2003
'Frailty" starts out like a typical Bible killer story, but it turns out to be significantly different (and better) than most films with this theme.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clint Morris
December 8, 2002
A hot-acid concoction of thrills, spills, trepidation, and one of the most novel stories of recent times.
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 10, 2002
This is one of the outstanding thrillers of recent years.
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