|Lions Gate Films | Release Date: December 30, 1998||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Affliction turns the sound on with sudden, crystalline clarity, and echoes with the haunting power of a suppressed truth that has finally been released.
Searing, intense and unrelenting, Affliction moves to the deepest centers of experience and desire and brings its characters to unflinching life.
Affliction could be their (Nolte, Coburn) finest couple of hours on film; they do seem to be father and son, rather than actors playing these roles.
Ranks with the year's scant handful of must-see movies, for the scant handful of moviegoers who revere powerful stories, disturbing, unforgettable characters, plots with the serious sweep of literature, and kickass acting above all else.
We marvel at the almost perfect realization of a character whom we're not necessarily meant to like.
Violence may provide entertainment value in more crass or commercially minded projects, but in the unflinching world of Affliction, it leads only to the ruination of your soul. [5 February 1999, Friday, p.D]
Nolte, reinforced by the bleak discretion of Schrader's direction and a wonderful supporting cast, makes the most of the opportunity.
A compelling, at times bone-chilling study of the male character in crisis.
Nolte and Coburn are so powerful that they distort what, we are told, is the story's theme. [Feb. 1, 1999]
James Coburn plays father in what may be the best performance of his career. [30 December 1998, Life, p.3D]
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