Tenderness (2008)

A nail-biting psychological thriller, that never lets you go. Set in New York State, the story center's on juvenile murderer, Eric Poole, who at 18, is released from jail having served his sentence for the murder of a young girl.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 13, 2010
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Crowe's lumbering presence is a relief from all the gothic heaviness, but director John Polson's elliptical storytelling style quickly becomes an irritant.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An arty psychological thriller that never catches fire as either a serial killer flick or character study.

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Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Polson maintains an unsettling tension throughout the narrative, building his slow-burn thriller to a climax that deliberately runs counter to the in-your-face genre principles of which he proved such a master with his first two thriller outings.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A movie undone by its formulaic plot conventions, and its need to give its star more screen time than his characters merits.

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Don Groves

Russell Crowe stumbles through lifeless thriller.

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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Since moving to Hollywood, Australian director John Polson has become a very competent filmmaker. I hope he finds better scripts for his future projects.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Crowe, who spends the movie trudging along ... and waxing lyrical about pain and pleasure, must be hoping no one sees this mawkish blunder. He will probably get his wish.

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Brian Orndorf

The picture is crowded with captivating tones and contemplation, navigating a tricky tale of murder, perversion, and obsession with a fine edge of suspense and an interesting take on the human condition.

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Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)

It's hard to understand what keeps these characters moving, and without true indie grit or the runaway tension that would otherwise satisfy the multiplex, Tenderness drops somewhere in-between...and that is mostly a disappointing nowhere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This is a really good film. About a police detective who is possessed in making sure a young man who killed his parents spends the rest of his life in prison.… More
John Ballantine
One of the worst performances by Crowe. Maybe this is where he got his awful portrayal of Javert in Les Miserables from. A real snoozer.
familiar stranger
This 'Tenderness' turned out to be pretty hard on me. I can't understand why Russell Crowe chose to work in it. While his performance was (as… More
Sol C
Russell Crowe's performance is the best reason to watch this film. The film is so so. I thought some of the actors were miscast, especially Jon Foster. I… More
Nicki Marie
I actually thought this was quite good, and am surprised by all the bad reviews. Obviously I didn't like the ending very much, but these were all very… More
Christopher Haskell
Certain films, it appears, exist solely to tease viewers into craving the superior films in an actors annals, all while being forced to endure the detrimental… More