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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 of control. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  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: Steve Davis
    Jun 25, 2014
    78
    Director Candler acquits herself nicely in her third feature-length film, never allowing the agonizing narrative to drown in self-pity. She keeps the film’s head above water despite the occasional contrivances in her screenplay.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel Fienberg
    May 22, 2014
    67
    Kat Candler has cobbled together an assortment of half-developed genre pieces that ultimately don't entirely gel. I think the elements work better as parts than Hellion does as a whole.
  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: Peter Keough
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    Based on her short film, Candler’s Hellion pads its slender, commonplace, but potentially rewarding premise with contrivances, clichés, repetitiousness, and, when all else fails, implausible, arbitrary melodrama.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 12, 2014
    50
    Writer and director Kat Candler struggles to shape an undercooked story into compelling drama.
  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 Wiggins as father and son give this film a soul. Expand

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