Torn (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 25, 2013
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

"Torn" sensitively explores the aftermath of a mall bombing through the eyes of two mothers who each lost a teenage son in the explosion.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Doesn't hit us over the head with the "us against them" front story.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A post-post-9/11 melodrama that only occasionally lives up to its noble ambitions.

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John Oursler
Village Voice

Michael Richter's intimate script traverses this mercurial territory without veering into hysterics-a great accomplishment.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

An emotionally lukewarm take on grieving and guilt in the aftermath of an act of mass murder, but not without its melodramatic merits.

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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News

It does something a lot of better-financed Hollywood movies don't: It makes you think.

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John Noonan
FILMINK (Australia)

Directed by Jeremiah Birnbaum, Torn dissects the tenacity with which the media can jump on a story, manipulating the facts to suit a certain narrative, and by doing so, exposing buried prejudices in ourselves.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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