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: June 13, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2014
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Critic Score: 59% 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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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

Candler gets strong performances from both her young cast and adult players. Unfortunately, this gets overshadowed by the predictable plot and the distractingly shaky camera angles meant to give the film added grit.

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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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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Candler paints this broken family with an authenticity that draws one in and forces us to feel their suffocating inability to escape their own pain.

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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.

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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Flixster Audience Score: 46% 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
Jarrin Rozenblad
Josh Wiggins does an amazing job in his portrayal of the troubled teen trying to take care of his brother. Aaron Paul is also good, but the direction is the… More
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Todd Smith
Coming of age films are a dime a dozen, and what it really comes down to is the stregth of the young actor or actress. The way it usually works out is that the… More