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Wade is a police officer in the country and his divorce seldom permits him to spend time with his daughter of whom his ex-wife has custody. He is in love with a fantastic woman with whom he lives. Wade wants to have a family, but a strange accident will change his life forever.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nolte could have based his oddly sympathetic performance on the image of a sick animal scrounging for food and shelter along deserted country roads."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Affliction is a shattering film, a dose of bracing naturalism based on Russell Banks' most lacerating novel."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Despite some great performances, Affliction never really takes off."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Rarely has the dynamics of family violence been portrayed on the screen with such grim and palpable power."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If you want a personal, compelling tale with a touch of intrigue, let Affliction haunt you for a couple of hours."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Schrader has skillfully turned Banks' novel into a compelling character study."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"One wonders why Dafoe is even in the movie. But Nolte is, and that's what enriches Schrader's bleak drama."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The heart of Affliction is Nick Nolte's searing performance."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Overwrought metaphors abound in Paul Schrader's ham-fisted Affliction."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Living in a small New England town myself, I can attest to how uncannily realistic the town and the people in it appeared to be."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Well acted by Nolte and Coburn, Schrader's strongest film in years is a powerful reverie on family curse, how incontrollable anger, drinking, and violence almost inevitably pass on from one generation to the next."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A terrifying movie that faces the truth of cruelty and its everlasting results."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Chilly, despite some remarkable components"
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"a powerful, bleak family drama about a son's tragic inability to not become his father"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Schrader has made his reputation revealing the scarred psyches of American men.... In "Affliction" he creates his most poignant and powerful work."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
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