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  • Summary: When a meticulous structural engineer (Hokins) is found innocent of the attempted murder of his wife (Davidtz), the young district attorney (Gosling) who is prosecuting him becomes a crusader for justice. Fracture is packed with twists and turns that weave in and out of the courtroom as the pair try to outwit each other. (New Line Cinema) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. The plot's many complications pretty much all add up, which is a rarity these days for a murder mystery. It's possible that audiences don't even care anymore if a film makes sense as long it's entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Gosling is the kind of actor who makes other actors look lazy. He is Brando at the time of "Streetcar," or Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces," and altogether one of the more remarkable happenings at the movies today.
  3. The kind of thriller we've seen a thousand times before. Fortunately, nobody told leads, Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins, both of whom devoutly believe they're in another, better movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    An absorbing legal thriller that can't help but taste like exquisitely reheated leftovers.
  5. The movie entertains, but it's a shallow entertainment where you have no rooting interest in the outcome.
  6. 63
    This is a slickly entertaining package, beautifully photographed on well-chosen locations with an unerring sense of pace by Gregory Hoblit.
  7. The good part about this okay, but way less than great, thriller is that you won't notice how cheesy it is until the heartburn from the popcorn has eased. In these jaded times, that's a bargain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Sep 30, 2010
    Anthony and Ryan are both perfect for there roles, and work very well together. I was really surprised at how great this movie was. The first scene of the movie shows Anthony murdering his wife but the real drive of the movie is how Ryan is going to implicate Anthony for the crime, intense and humorous at times and never dull. Expand
  2. MarilynZ.
    May 8, 2007
    I was spellbound although we figured out what happened to the missing gun as soon as they said it was missing. That kind of put a krimp in things, but it was a very good movie otherwise. I love Anthony Hopkins in anything. Expand
  3. BrettD.
    Apr 23, 2007
    I thought the outcome was rather obvious in the beginning, but Hopkins and Gosling still held my attention throughout the remainder of the film. Overall I thought it was an enjoyable movie. Expand
  4. MichaelM.
    Apr 25, 2007
    Agree with what others have said, great performances, but you could see the 2 major plot twists coming from the next county. Not a big problem for me with this script though, as it was nice to see the "most likely scenario" play out without some campy set of extraordinary circumstances being revealed at the last second. Hopkins has the "genius without a conscience" character down pat, and perhaps I've just seen it one too many times, so I wasn't overly taken with that performance. However Gosling did pleasantly surprise me, and I found myself vacillating between hoping his character would succeed and wishing for him to fail. He underplayed the requisite moralistic struggle and epiphany scenes just enough to make them part of the movie flow, rather than an all too predicatable sub climax. Expand
  5. Jun 12, 2011
    This was a very well done movie. The acting was incredibly solid and the story was very well written. The only issue that I had with this movie was that it became a little slow in some spots. This is definitely a movie that court room thriller fans need to check out as well as fans of Anthony Hopkins because he was amazing in this movie. Expand
  6. CindyN.
    Jun 12, 2007
    Plot was somewhat contrived, but it did hold your interest. Satisfying ending at least. Seems in real life people choose to kill their spouses rather than that ugly word Divorce. Good acting on all the stars part. Expand
  7. LeslieH.
    Apr 26, 2007
    His "plan" would have failed any of 50 ways, each one sending him to a life sentence. What if a different cop answered the call? What if they tested the gun when they were supposed to? What if they had someone else take his confession? Since the "plan" relies on 50 strange things happening his way, there was no plan. Expand

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