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Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 66 out of 86
  2. Negative: 8 out of 86

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  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.
  2. Sep 17, 2010
    Anthony Hopkins can't really shake off the Hannibal Lector tag & I kept expecting him to put on a blue jumpsuit at any moment. And what was his accent all about? Welsh, Irish, American? Few twists here & there & pretty well acted throughout.
  3. Oct 6, 2011
    Crime dramas like these, which only exist to keep you guessing until the end about the criminal mastermind's seemingly perfect crime, sort of have to make sense for that idea to work. Fracture doesn't fulfill that criteria. The legal proceedings are riddled with creative liberties, making the entire thing a fiasco. The ending turns out to be laughably stupid, and the bad guy is predictably caught doing something insanely dumb...except what he's doing wouldn't actually be a retrial for a separate crime as it is in the film, since he didn't murder his wife, they pulled the plug on her in the hospital. His attempted murder charge still stands, but murder does not, and that's sort of a ridiculous way to catch him at the end. Also, since when do criminal masterminds openly brag to others about getting away with attempted murder all by themselves? Did it not occur to this guy that someone else might possibly be listening in somewhere? You're only talking to the goddamned prosecutor that will do anything to take you down, and you're openly admitting as loud as possible that you shot your wife and then got away with it? The "twist" as to why there's no evidence is also just stupid. It's circumstantial evidence and would never hold up in court, as it's nothing more than a theory by the prosecution that can't possibly be proven. All the bad guy has to do is deny it, and that's the end of it, since there's no evidence linking the events together, which was sort of the whole goddamned point of his plan. That's not evidence. If the bad guy had just said, "Get out" once he saw this prosecutor enter the premises, he would have gotten away with everything. Instead, he takes the opportunity to laugh and gloat about his perfect murder. And then, look at that, no one saw this coming: People are listening outside. Oops! Must've forgotten to read about how many criminals get caught by bragging about it in local bars. None of the characters besides Hopkins are the slightest bit interesting, so any time he's not on screen, we're just waiting for him to turn the tables on the prosecutor again, due to the prosecution's seemingly impossible stupidity. The rest of the plot seemed like it was just filler. With an ending and a twist this bad, not to mention one that doesn't make any sense, with a legal rule that's badly misinterpreted and totally bogus to finally catch the bad guy, the film just has no excuse. Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2011
    I liked it. Hopkins was a beast in this film and the supporting cast was fine as well. It was interesting from start to finish and it ended perfectly. The one flaw was that is was a little too long, Other then that it was good.
  5. Dec 1, 2013
    Fracture is a fine lawyer criminal face-off between Ryan Gosling and Hannibal Lecter... Oh, I mean Anthony Hopkins. No, wait. I mean Hannibal Lecter. Quite why Hopkins thinks he can just play Lecter in a different film with a different name and no-one will notice is a bit disconcerting, but the movie is still a good bit of fun.
  6. 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.
  7. Mar 11, 2012
    It was actually a pretty solid film overall. Hopkins ,as always, is an amazing lead and definently the driving force of this film. Gosling wasnt that good though and disapointed me quite a bit, The rest of the cast is a little below average as well. It had a good plot that kept you interested from start to finish. Well worth watching imo.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 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.
  2. The movie entertains, but it's a shallow entertainment where you have no rooting interest in the outcome.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    It renders passion dispassionate and turns murder into a kind of fashion statement, something we observe without really caring about.