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Writer/director Kat Candler's HELLION paints the powerful portrait of a family on the brink of dissolution set against the haunting backdrop of the refineries of Southeast Texas. Obsessed with heavy metal, dirt bike racing and partaking in the occasional act of vandalism with his band of delinquents, the behavior of 13-year-old Jacob Wilson (Josh Wiggins in his feature film debut) has begun to raise concerns around town, especially when it starts to involve his younger brother Wes (newcomer Deke Garner). While the boys' father Hollis (two-time Emmy Award-winner Aaron Paul) loves his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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""Hellion" pads its slender, commonplace, but potentially rewarding premise with contrivances, clichés, repetitiousness, and, when all else fails, implausible, arbitrary melodrama."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"The acting overall is strong, but Paul, still testing the waters after "Breaking Bad," is extraordinarily controlled."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Hellion" just can't quite convince or coalesce its ideas of struggle, pain and fury in a meaningful or new way."
‑ Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist
"The realism in "Hellion" is admirable, as are the actors' emotion performances. These wrenching qualities also make the film a tough sell."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"It takes a lot to stand out in a cast that includes Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, but Josh Wiggins proves up to the task. It'll be fun to see where his career takes him next."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Wiggins gives the boy's struggles a raw realism, but it's not enough to shore up this slackly paced slice of sunbaked Texas miserabilism."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The hellion of "Hellion" is Jacob Wilson, a 13-year-old Texas rebel with a cause. As played by a real teenager, Josh Wiggins, he's a force of nature."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Hellion paints a plaintive portrait of a family trapped in the bottom echelon of America's middle class."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Hellion fits into something I like to call the "festival bubble"."
‑ Travis Hopson, Examiner.com
"Raw and poignant, capturing the bursting aggression of early teenage years and the mummifying trance of grief. It's often heartbreaking and periodically frightening."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Not that inarticulate characters can't be compelling if they are written with subtlety, acted with insight and, most of all, framed by a directorial vision, but "Hellion," despite a promising debut from Wiggins, falls short in at least two of the above."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Though it may seem as if it's heading in the direction of being a feel-good movie Hellion doesn't go down that predictable road. It is more authentic than that, and that is indeed something to feel good about."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
""Hellion" has nothing if not empathy for every one of its characters. But without a more original story or a distinctive visual presence, it's hard for it to rise above a crowded field."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The acting is stronger than the rest of the film itself, which sports far too much shaky camera work and a conclusion that is obviously foreshadowed by the appearance of a gun early on."
‑ Anders Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Candler's plotting is predictable and her characters should be substantially deepened, but her ability to capture the rage of male adolescence and the numbness of grief is nothing less than superb."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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