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Fracture Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    68

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie entertains, but it's a shallow entertainment where you have no rooting interest in the outcome.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a provocative game that plays out with intelligence and wit.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Effective dialogue doesn't necessarily mean witty dialogue, but wit certainly helps, and you tend not to get much of it in a low-key legal thriller. Fracture is an exception.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Fracture is working on us, playing us, but that's its pleasure. It makes overwrought manipulation seem more than a basic instinct.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This hugely entertaining thriller is what's needed to banish a winter-long case of movie blues.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Cat-and-mouse thriller isn't meant for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this legal thriller includes a lot of dialogue about legal and moral matters, which means it's not really for kids (and it probably won't interest most of them anyway). It begins with a brutal murder (the bloody-faced body is visible repeatedly); a character shoots himself (it's off-screen, but his bloody head and crumpled body are visible); and another is tackled by police (he struggles before being pressed to the floor). The film opens with very close, very dark shots of their a couple having sex; their affair inspires violent jealousy. Characters drink at parties and swear (language includes several uses of "f--k" and many other curses).

  • Families can talk about how the movie depicts its wealthy villain. Does it rely on Anthony Hopkins' performances in other movies to flesh out his character? How does actors' previous work influence how audiences react to them? Families can also discuss the appeal of legal/courtroom thrillers. How realistically do they represent the U.S. justice system? Why do so many of them have tidy endings? Is that true of real life courtroom cases?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Man tries to kill his wife and fool the legal system; young lawyer struggles with corruption but eventually makes the right choice.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Man shoots a woman in the face: Viewers see the shot, then the movie cuts to her falling and her bloody body on the floor (this image is repeated in flashbacks). The killer drags a bloody body across the floor, leaving a smear; man shoots himself off screen, but his bloody head is visible several times (in the present and in flashbacks); in a drawn-out scene, doctors "pull the plug" on a comatose patient; man is tackled by police, his face pressed into the floor.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Credits sequence shows a sex act in extreme, shadowed close-up (making it hard to decipher); a woman has an affair; talk of intercourse in a courtroom setting; man says his wife/kids left him because he had an affair; post-sex scene in bedroom (man and woman get dressed); repeated joke about a private investigator named "Dick" has innuendo; some crude language ("He's trying on the dress, he's sniffing the panties," "put your fingers up [the] skirt" of a dead woman, etc.).

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent uses of "f--k," as well as other language, like "a--hole," "hell," "s--t," "ass," "goddamn," "screwed," and "bastards."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Mac laptops, cars (BMW, Porsche), L.A.'s Hotel Miramar.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking at parties.

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