Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 24, 2013
    75
    Both women are excellent, and they, as much as the movie's whodunit elements, hold the viewer until the finish.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 21, 2013
    70
    Torn approaches its incendiary topical issues with intelligent modesty.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 17, 2013
    70
    Slowly uncovering the prejudices that calamity can unleash, Michael Richter’s screenplay lays bare the damage wrought by Sept. 11 while deftly dodging hysteria, wondering how we differentiate between innocent teenage behaviors and dangerous red flags.
  4. Reviewed by: John Oursler
    Oct 15, 2013
    70
    Made for less than $500,000, Torn is proof that a little can go a long way. In fact, the microscale perfectly lends itself to the story's quiet revelations.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 24, 2013
    60
    Though Torn contains its share of convincingly lived-in moments, there's a heavy-handed quality to both Jeremiah Birnbaum's direction and the script by Michael Richter that often undermines the movie's potential to truly grip and move.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Oct 16, 2013
    60
    Torn’s sometimes-stodgy dramatics give way to a genuinely unsettling microcosm of modern terrorism.
  7. 50
    This culture-clash/mother bonding story was never going to be “Frozen River,” but you do sense that a lot of potential was squandered in denying these mothers big moments of mourning, bigger confrontations with the fathers of their sons.
  8. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Oct 18, 2013
    50
    As a piece of filmmaking, Torn is slightly above TV-movie quality.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 16, 2013
    50
    Performances and presentation are solid enough, but the pic feels a bit undernourished, particularly once it closes on a note that’s well intentioned but provides no real resolution.

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