Frailty Reviews

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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
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.
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.
October 2, 2002
Bill Paxton's directing debut stands alone in a horror genre currently infested with pert teens and knowing plot tics.
September 16, 2002
With an admirably dark first script by Brent Hanley, Paxton, making his directorial feature debut, does strong, measured work.
August 26, 2002
Gripping, thought-provoking and disturbing.
July 20, 2002
Paxton wins quiet victories here as both star and helmer.
June 1, 2002
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.
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.
April 12, 2002
As a first-time director, Paxton has tapped something in himself as an actor that provides Frailty with its dark soul.
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.
April 12, 2002
If you're in the mood to be seriously creeped out, this is the shocker for you.
April 12, 2002
Dumb but also unrelentingly dark and ugly, thereby depriving the viewer of any camp value.
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.
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