Hellion
Hellion (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 30, 2014
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lindsey Bahr
Entertainment Weekly

Despair is not quiet for a broken father (Aaron Paul) and his troublemaker sons in Kat Candler's brisk, transfixing drama, which takes place in blue-collar southeast Texas.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

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.

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Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

"Hellion" just can't quite convince or coalesce its ideas of struggle, pain and fury in a meaningful or new way.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

"Hellion" pads its slender, commonplace, but potentially rewarding premise with contrivances, clichés, repetitiousness, and, when all else fails, implausible, arbitrary melodrama.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The acting overall is strong, but Paul, still testing the waters after "Breaking Bad," is extraordinarily controlled.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Hellion paints a plaintive portrait of a family trapped in the bottom echelon of America's middle class.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian

"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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
With a powerful performance by Aaron Paul and very believable teenagers played by the whole cast, "Hellion" is a deep and meaningful story that often… More
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