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An unexpected bond forms between two women when their sons are killed in an explosion at a local shopping mall. When the police find evidence of a bomb, one of the sons, a Muslim American, becomes the prime suspect, threatening the two mothers' new friendship and forcing them to question how well they knew their own children. Torn is a powerful dramatic journey that invites each of us to confront our own perceptions of the world and one another. Starring Mahnoor Baloch (Pakistani model, TV & film star in her U.S. film debut), Dendrie Taylor (The Fighter, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood and the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a portrait of grief and devastation, and also of the ways in which the police and media can jump to conclusions and feed off of the public's anger and confusion."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
""Torn" sensitively explores the aftermath of a mall bombing through the eyes of two mothers who each lost a teenage son in the explosion."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"An emotionally lukewarm take on grieving and guilt in the aftermath of an act of mass murder, but not without its melodramatic merits."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"A post-post-9/11 melodrama that only occasionally lives up to its noble ambitions."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Michael Richter's intimate script traverses this mercurial territory without veering into hysterics-a great accomplishment."
‑ John Oursler, Village Voice
"The filmmakers' big achievement here is the way they deal with [the story], never once resorting to the mawkishness or ugly rabble-rousing hype which all too often accompanies this subject."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It does something a lot of better-financed Hollywood movies don't: It makes you think."
‑ Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News
"Doesn't hit us over the head with the "us against them" front story."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Past its bland title and handful of overwrought soap-opera moments, Torn rings with the sound of quiet truth."
‑ Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve
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