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Frailty Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 12, 2002
Everything in the movies depends on the strength of the script, and many an indie film has ridden a good script to glory. In this film, the greatest Frailty is the writing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 20, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Violent and ultimately uneven and unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 12, 2002
A spectacularly gruesome and emotionally destructive, if fictitious, account of child abuse, mounted to provide two tweaks of emotion in a clumsily telegraphed surprise ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 13, 2008
Feels like Sling Blade rewritten at a crawl by Stephen King.
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
Rob Blackwelder
April 9, 2002
At the eyes were so sore from rolling at the film's predictability and narrative loopholes I could barely see straight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
April 12, 2002
Frailty contains all the trappings of the Gothic murder story without any sense of irony, complexity, or graveyard creepiness.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 14, 2002
Even if the film isn't nearly as clever or insightful as it thinks it is, at least it has the courage to go for a chillingly offbeat conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 23, 2002
It's all surface psychodramatics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 12, 2002
payoff isn't worth the time invested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
April 12, 2002
All the eloquence and structure in the world couldn't save it from a fatal case of toxic ham poisoning.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
April 11, 2002
Like so many other allegedly scary movies, it gets so tangled up in The Twist that it chokes the energy right out of the very audience it seeks to frighten.
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
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
June 22, 2002
...actually misleads you into thinking it's good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
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
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