Affliction (1997)

Wade is a police officer in the country and his divorce seldom permits him to spend time with his daughter of whom his ex-wife has custody. He is in love with a fantastic woman with whom he lives. Wade wants to have a family, but a strange… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: July 3, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dark and bleak, the "kick-ass" performances, especially Nolte's "effective" portrayal of an abused soul, is the reason to see this film.

Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

It's like watching the disintegration of a psyche under a microscope as cracks in Wade's facade erupt into tremors of violence.

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Emanuel Levy

Well acted by Nolte and Coburn, Schrader's strongest film in years is a powerful reverie on family curse, how incontrollable anger, drinking, and violence almost inevitably pass on from one generation to the next.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A terrifying movie that faces the truth of cruelty and its everlasting results.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Nolte could have based his oddly sympathetic performance on the image of a sick animal scrounging for food and shelter along deserted country roads.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Affliction is a shattering film, a dose of bracing naturalism based on Russell Banks' most lacerating novel.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Despite some great performances, Affliction never really takes off.

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Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Schrader has skillfully turned Banks' novel into a compelling character study.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

One wonders why Dafoe is even in the movie. But Nolte is, and that's what enriches Schrader's bleak drama.

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The heart of Affliction is Nick Nolte's searing performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
The plot sounded interesting and it did begin rightly so. However, it failed to maintain that level of interest as it congresses. The story is messed up &… More
Luke Baldock
Although almost everything in this film is fantastic, such as the cinematography and music. In the end everything is there to support its actors. The film deals… More
Chris Garman
When you dig into Affliction you feel like you're getting into a low rent Fargo. A man accidentally dies on a hunting expedition and bumpkin cop Wade… More
Byron Brubaker
Willem Dafoe narrates as the younger more bookish and distant son of Glen Whitehouse (Coburn). Nick Nolte is Wade Whitehouse, the older son who stays closer to… More
Drew Smith
A very mediocre thriller made infinitely stronger by the inclusion of some really well-written themes and mindblowing performances. Affliction is a thesis on… More
Jesse Ortega
What a great movie featuring some simply fabulous performances from Nick Nolte and James Coburn. Nick Nolte does about a great a job of anyone at playing… More

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