Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  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. This hugely entertaining thriller is what's needed to banish a winter-long case of movie blues.
  3. Fracture is working on us, playing us, but that's its pleasure. It makes overwrought manipulation seem more than a basic instinct.
  4. Sneaks up on you. At first, it plays like it might be another in a long line of dullish legal thrillers. But then, in its modest, grown-up way, it keeps getting better and better.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    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.
  6. The main interest here is the juxtaposing of Gosling's Method acting with Hopkins's more classical style, a spectacle even more mesmerizing than the settings.
  7. 75
    Just because a movie is freakin' preposterous doesn't mean it can't be diabolical fun. Case in point: Fracture.
  8. 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.
  9. 75
    Not since Lecter has a role been this well suited to Hopkins, whose intelligence and pristine formality as an actor often make him seem alien--or worse, an incorrigible ham.
  10. It's occasionally quite witty, it's able to tell us a great deal about its characters and their back stories in an economic fashion and its plot swings are surprising and compelling.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    It's a provocative game that plays out with intelligence and wit.
  12. 75
    The best thing about Fracture is the way in which it defies genre cliches and turns all Hopkins' mannerisms into assets.
  13. The delight here is in the sheer workmanship. The performances, the direction, the plotting, they're just nicely engineered, usually with an eye to that most underrated of virtues -- refined simplicity.
  14. 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.
  15. What audiences want when they go to a suspense thriller.
  16. A stylish thriller so highly strung it zings, gives us Hopkins, an actor at the top of his game, in material that's only middling.
  17. What makes Fracture hum is the way Hopkins bares his teeth, twitches his nostrils, and trains his shiny pinprick Lecter eyes on his co-star.
  18. The movie entertains, but it's a shallow entertainment where you have no rooting interest in the outcome.
  19. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    An absorbing legal thriller that can't help but taste like exquisitely reheated leftovers.
  20. The screenwriters, Daniel Pyne and Glenn Gers, hit the customary thriller notes with a touch of humor, and the director, Gregory Hoblit (who worked similar terrain in "Primal Fear"), arranges those notes into a catchy, insistent rhythm.
  21. 70
    It boils down to experience's arrogance, intellect and wealth versus youth's cockiness, resilience and hard work, and the actors appear to have a good time playing the game.
  22. The chief pleasure in the picture (set in Los Angeles) is in watching Hopkins spin off another of his nutty self-possessed intellectual criminals--this time it's Hannibal Lecter lite.
  23. In the dark of the theatre Fracture keeps it together – mainly through the sheer will of Hopkins and Gosling.
  24. There's more than a trace of James Dean in Gosling, except that he's a rebel with a cause.
  25. 63
    This is a slickly entertaining package, beautifully photographed on well-chosen locations with an unerring sense of pace by Gregory Hoblit.
  26. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    Those who still relish the sight of Anthony Hopkins portraying an evil criminal mastermind will get the most out of Fracture, which is not so much a whodunit -- we see Hopkins' character putting a bullet in his wife's head in the movie's first few minutes -- as a howdunnit.
  27. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    60
    Anyone who can credibly threaten to steal a movie from Anthony Hopkins has seriously got it going on. Fracture may be remembered as the movie that brought Ryan Gosling into the mainstream.
  28. Reviewed by: Ross Bennett
    60
    The two leads are on fine form, but the surrounding structure is too familiar from a thousand other films. Still, tense and occasionally twisty stuff.
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    It renders passion dispassionate and turns murder into a kind of fashion statement, something we observe without really caring about.
  30. 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.
  31. 50
    You needn’t actually see Fracture to know that if the charge is acting that winks, these two are guilty.
  32. 50
    The picture is clever, somber, quiet: There's just no reason it has to be as deadly boring as it is.
  33. 50
    Fracture may be smarter than the majority of movies out there, but it's not half as clever as it thinks it is.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. JayC.
    Apr 20, 2007
    9
    Intriguing story that kept me interested with a sprinkle of laugh out loud lines. Entertaining, if a bit obvious. Even though you sort of Intriguing story that kept me interested with a sprinkle of laugh out loud lines. Entertaining, if a bit obvious. Even though you sort of know how it will end, it has a nice twist. Left me feeling good about the outcome and the excellent acting. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2014
    6
    Amidst the hay-days of the murder mystery genre, Fracture is refreshing. Anthony Hopkins may lean on Hannibal Lector for influence but he andAmidst the hay-days of the murder mystery genre, Fracture is refreshing. Anthony Hopkins may lean on Hannibal Lector for influence but he and Ryan Gosling are a surprisingly great match. Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2014
    7
    I am a sucker for a good courtroom drama and this is certainly one. It is certainly formulaic in parts, but is still very well done as aI am a sucker for a good courtroom drama and this is certainly one. It is certainly formulaic in parts, but is still very well done as a whole. Both Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, the latter of which I am not typically a huge fan of, did fantastic and really made for really interesting leads. On top of it, the plot was absolutely gripping and really had you guessing as to how it would end (however it does become clear towards the end). However, the film is never really great. At many turns, it is quite good, but really, it is just a solid entry in both Hopkins and Gosling's filmographies. The film certainly is not Oscar worthy, but it is still very entertaining largely thanks to its two leads who really are at the root of why this film is successful. Without them, it really would have fallen flat, even with the compelling storyline. Full Review »