Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9

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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 24, 2013
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Oct 16, 2013
    Torn’s sometimes-stodgy dramatics give way to a genuinely unsettling microcosm of modern terrorism.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Oct 18, 2013
    As a piece of filmmaking, Torn is slightly above TV-movie quality.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 16, 2013
    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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