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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 theWhen 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
    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.
  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
    70
    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: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Sep 30, 2010
    10
    Anthony and Ryan are both perfect for there roles, and work very well together. I was really surprised at how great this movie was. TheAnthony 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
    9
    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 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
    8
    I thought the outcome was rather obvious in the beginning, but Hopkins and Gosling still held my attention throughout the remainder of the 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
    7
    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 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. Dec 1, 2013
    6
    Fracture is a fine lawyer criminal face-off between Ryan Gosling and Hannibal Lecter... Oh, I mean Anthony Hopkins. No, wait. I mean HannibalFracture 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. Expand
  6. RafaelP.
    Aug 22, 2007
    6
    Just wanted to say, Cindy N. you need to learn how not to spoil the movie for other people. Revealing key plot twists is inconsiderate and Just wanted to say, Cindy N. you need to learn how not to spoil the movie for other people. Revealing key plot twists is inconsiderate and rude. Please learn how not to ruin it for other people, just for the sake of trying to look smart. Expand
  7. LeslieH.
    Apr 26, 2007
    0
    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 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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