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In the aftermath of a gruesome restaurant murder, the survivors of the attack are left to ponder their own mortality and how it relates to their connection to society. Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, and Dakota Fanning headline Little Fish director Rowan Woods' adaptation of Roy Freirich's debut novel. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Fragments is both deeply self-serious and essentially meaningless, the sort of we're-all-connected tragedy in which birds fly free while humans remain stuck in place."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"...a watchable yet disappointing piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Crash's Best Picture Oscar win helped jump-start a wave of self-deluded ensemble imitators who seem to feel that overt emotionalism ladled over a loosely connected narrative is a surefire sign of Important Filmmaking. Witness Fragments."
‑ Brent Simon, Los Angeles Daily News
"Despite its very impressive lineup, this film is full of inconsistencies and moves at a slow pace. So many performances are wasted."
‑ Wilson Morales,
"[A] well acted ensemble piece that I think you should see."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The casting directors of Fragments deserve credit for assembling so much talent in one modest movie; if only Rowan Woods, the director, knew what to do with them."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A well-directed tense drama with a terrific cast, it is an old-fashioned, no-nonsense film with no special effects that relies on acting and script."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"Less a movie than a sociology thesis."
‑ Paul Schrodt, Slant Magazine
"Frierich's hook is, well, killer. And Woods is patient with his story, letting small glances and tiny actions speak volumes."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"The grand statement it wants to make plays shallow instead of deep, leaving the film too weak-kneed to carry the weight of its broken world."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"The anxiety is deafening in this flimsy symphony of shattered lives, which -- like that confounding Oscar winner Crash -- confuses entropy for empathy."
‑ S. James Snyder, Time Out New York
"Even as it makes a show of complexity Fragments seems determined to pull together its various story strands."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Rowan Woods indulges in some sub-subpar Crash territory here, with a laughably self-serious narrative that has less to do with reality than histrionics."
‑ Robert Levin, Critic's Notebook
"Vividly conveys the sorrow and suffering brought into the lives of five individuals by a man with a gun and his act of random violence."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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