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  • Summary: Hard-drinking Texas single dad Hollis (Aaron Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious teenager Jacob (Josh Wiggins). Seething with anger, Jacob finds release in the high-risk, white-knuckle world of motocross—but his increasingly reckless behavior threatens to spin out ofHard-drinking Texas single dad Hollis (Aaron Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious teenager Jacob (Josh Wiggins). Seething with anger, Jacob finds release in the high-risk, white-knuckle world of motocross—but his increasingly reckless behavior threatens to spin out of control. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Lindsey Bahr
    Jun 12, 2014
    83
    Despair is not quiet for a broken father (Aaron Paul) and his troublemaker sons in Kat Candler’s brisk, transfixing drama, which takes place in blue-collar southeast Texas.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Jun 13, 2014
    75
    A well-observed and patiently told story, with one good scene after another, featuring amazing performances across the board, but particularly from newcomer Josh Wiggins.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Frankl
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    Its narrative might reach cliché towards the end, but powerful performances carry this fine fable of the American Dream lost in heartbreak.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 24, 2014
    58
    It's not as if empathetic peeks into the lives of America's poor white boys aren't valuable, and Hellion has nothing if not empathy for every one of its characters. But without a more original story or a distinctive visual presence, it's hard for it to rise above a crowded field.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 19, 2014
    50
    One just wishes the scaffolding of indie tropes around Paul and the better parts of Hellion weren't so shaky.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 10, 2014
    50
    Hellion lingers for most of its running time in a betwixt-and-between place, never becoming either the sublime character sketch or the overripe melodrama it alternately promises to be.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 5, 2014
    25
    Hellion is so sincere and so dull that some might mistake it for a true work of art.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 9, 2014
    8
    "Hellion" portrays a dysfunction family with deep emotional exploration, powerful and poignant story. Promising performances by Paul and"Hellion" portrays a dysfunction family with deep emotional exploration, powerful and poignant story. Promising performances by Paul and Wiggins as father and son give this film a soul. Expand

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