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Frailty Reviews

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.
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.
August 14, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
September 16, 2002
With an admirably dark first script by Brent Hanley, Paxton, making his directorial feature debut, does strong, measured work.
July 20, 2002
Paxton wins quiet victories here as both star and helmer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 15, 2002
I love the way that it took chances and really asks you to take these great leaps of faith and pays off.
April 14, 2002
A terrifying low-budget thriller that packs a greater wallop than most of the high-priced studio scarefests.
April 12, 2002
A suitably suspenseful and disturbing drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
April 12, 2002
As a first-time director, Paxton has tapped something in himself as an actor that provides Frailty with its dark soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2002
An accomplished debut, but not an enjoyable one; the shivers it provokes are disturbing rather than delicious, and its story is unusually gruesome.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2002
If you're in the mood to be seriously creeped out, this is the shocker for you.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2002
Dumb but also unrelentingly dark and ugly, thereby depriving the viewer of any camp value.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
April 12, 2002
You ... get a sense of good intentions derailed by a failure to seek and strike just the right tone.
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
April 12, 2002
A genuinely creepy Southern Gothic thriller that once again proves that in horror movies, sometimes less is actually more.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2002
It's the cinematic equivalent of a good page-turner, and even if it's nonsense, its claws dig surprisingly deep.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2002
If the very concept makes you nervous ... you'll have an idea of the film's creepy, scary effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2002
This is gruesome, not gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2002
payoff isn't worth the time invested.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2002
Paxton has attempted to make a psychological thriller out of material that has no actual psychology in it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 12, 2002
Intellectually cheap: a superficial exploration of child abuse, with some X-Files atmosphere and excessive narrative complication.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2002
An extraordinary work, concealing in its depths not only unexpected story turns but also implications, hidden at first, that make it even deeper and more sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
April 12, 2002
Frailty may be only a genre film, but it forcefully reminds us of the degree to which all of us are our parents' ideological captives when we're children.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 12, 2002
Frailty isn't as gory or explicit. But in its child-centered, claustrophobic context, it can be just as frightening and disturbing -- even punishing.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 11, 2002
A completely spooky piece of business that gets under your skin and, some plot blips aside, stays there for the duration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2002
A haunting tale of murder and mayhem.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 11, 2002
Whether or not you fall fully under the sinister spell of Frailty, the unsettling and accomplished directing debut of actor Bill Paxton, you will have to concede its bravery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2002
A meditation on faith and madness, Frailty is blood-curdling stuff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2002
Although Frailty may not be a complete success, it offers ample evidence that Paxton could have a career in the director's chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2002
This is Paxton's directorial debut and it's quite impressive.
April 11, 2002
Against all odds in heaven and hell, it creeped me out just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 9, 2002
If Frailty isn't quite the devastation it could've been ... it remains the most pungent American-Pentecostal mini-nightmare since 1996's true-crime doc Paradise Lost.
April 4, 2002
An unsettling, memorable cinematic experience that does its predecessors proud.