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Actor Bill Paxton made his directorial debut with Frailty. The bulk of the story is told through flashbacks, as a mysterious man (Matthew McConaughey) tells a terrible tale to an FBI agent (Powers Boothe) investigating the "God's Hand" serial killer case. The man grew up in a small town in Texas, where he and his brother lived a bucolic life with their kindhearted widower father (Paxton). One night, the father awakens the two boys, Fenton (Matthew O'Leary) and Adam (Jeremy Sumpter), and tells them he's had a vision, and God has chosen him and his sons to help Him slay… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Paxton steals the show. And O'Leary more than holds his own again here. Too bad it's in a movie that fails to live up to its potential."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"With an admirably dark first script by Brent Hanley, Paxton, making his directorial feature debut, does strong, measured work."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Frailty is disturbing, all right, but then so is sticking needles in your eyes. And I wouldn't recommend either."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"One of the best horror mysteries ever conceived and yet one constantly over looked."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The film's just about perfect."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"A resoundingly old-fashioned and well crafted study of evil infecting an American family, "Frailty" moves from strength to strength on its deceptive narrative course."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Paxton wins quiet victories here as both star and helmer."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"...a solid thriller from a promising first-time director."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Frailty marks a fine directorial debut for Bill Paxton. He judges the material expertly and brings it to the boil effectively ..."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Feels like Sling Blade rewritten at a crawl by Stephen King."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Paxton's first movie as director is better than you might expect. It has a first rate cast, and Bill Butler's camerawork and some deft editing help to crank up the tension."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"I love the way that it took chances and really asks you to take these great leaps of faith and pays off."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Violent and ultimately uneven and unsatisfying."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Bill Paxton, longtime bit-player and significantly underrated character actor, makes his directorial debut with Frailty, a joyless tale of one family's psychotic cycle of violence."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"An overpraised thriller that's really as superficial as a bruise."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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