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  • Summary: Two families bond when their teenage sons are killed in an explosion at a suburban mall only to discover one of their children is the prime suspect.


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  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 24, 2013
    Both women are excellent, and they, as much as the movie's whodunit elements, hold the viewer until the finish.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 17, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 21, 2013
    Torn approaches its incendiary topical issues with intelligent modesty.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Oct 16, 2013
    Torn’s sometimes-stodgy dramatics give way to a genuinely unsettling microcosm of modern terrorism.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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.

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