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Frailty

2001
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 40m
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Avg Percentile 54.52% from 2163 total ratings

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Rated 02 May 2014
73
74th
Hey, who directed this movie? You're damn right.
Rated 27 Jan 2007
86
84th
This movie doesn't get enough praise, it is a very good film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
89th
Very impressive horror/suspense film. Bill Paxton is absolutely amazing and Matthew McConaughey makes up for all the bad generic romances he's done with this film. Some great camera tricks and presentation really enhance what could've been a good movie into a great one. As well the twist at the end, I mean literally right at the very end of the movie, is one of the most unexpected I've ever encountered. Kudos to Brent Hanley for such a great story.
Rated 08 Nov 2009
2
21st
It's just not that good. Paxton did good at directing but the writing is what makes this really suck. The whole interview/flashback thing just reminded me of The Usual Suspects but just done in a much more stupid way. Saw the ending 5 minutes in, it was very by the book. You also gotta love people giving respect to McConaughey in this one. He just shows no emotion and doesn't do anything stupid and it gets passed off as a good performance. The standards for that guy are so low.
Rated 29 Mar 2009
6
34th
Those kids were too smart for their own good. When it comes to films like 'Frailty' or 'Frequency' - which I preferred though - I have a hard time buying into the whole improbability, because of its present day setting and aesthetic (unless executed perfectly like in 'Donnie Darko', 'The Man from Earth',...). If one can get passed that, so much the better. Overrated IMO and as for that ending, meh.
Rated 05 Apr 2008
64
31st
The writing, in particular, is what drags this otherwise interesting movie down. It has some very serious subject matter outlining theological issues, but it deals with them in a very immature made-for-TV style and it makes me, at least, off-put by the entire project all together. I don't really think I can recommend this movie, even though there's not much that's really wrong with it.
Rated 24 Oct 2007
80
58th
Pretty good until the ridiculous, predictable ending.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
84th
Phenomenal movie. Great cast (even Matthew).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
95th
Yes, Bill Paxton! You've found your niche. This is creepy, inventive and holds you until the end.
Rated 30 Dec 2008
90
92nd
I like this movie way more than I should, but it was interesting, spooky, and a crazy little ending.
Rated 20 Nov 2011
25
11th
ZWAK!
Rated 19 Sep 2013
92
96th
One of the best uses of Otis since the Andy Griffith Show.
Rated 21 Mar 2009
70
61st
I liked the concept of the film and the narrative is well conducted. But I thought it could have a better end. The young actors are very well here too.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
83rd
I never really liked Bill Paxton (or Dennis Quaid) until I saw this movie. Very original and deals bravely with religious issues. One of the most underrated movies in the past 10 years.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
85
90th
Now that's what you call a twist! I could even bare Matthew McConaughey in this one.
Rated 05 Dec 2008
80
91st
What a thriller, never seen a crazy father like that, unbelievable !
Rated 10 Feb 2007
75
93rd
i didn t expect such a cool movie it suprised me
Rated 31 Jan 2010
73
53rd
Would've been so much better with a different ending.
Rated 07 Apr 2014
60
20th
Decent creepy horror flick up until the twist reveal then things just don't really work after that. commendable effort by both paxton and McConaughey, the child actors were great particularly the one playing the young Fenton. Worth checking out.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
95th
Great movie. Paxton plays the role brilliant.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
69
63rd
Bill Paxton's own directing is promising. Good story, but it's pretty predictible. It's rough story for sure, but there's not much depth in it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
47th
A very interesting story line and an awesome B-grade movie. Acting left a bit to be desired, but pretty damn cool.
Rated 23 Jan 2009
90
87th
I really enjoyed this film, creepy and interesting commentary on religious insanity
Rated 17 May 2008
87
93rd
good actors, good story...enough said.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
55th
Another movie I'll label as "decent." The plot is a little thin and cheesy, but it's worth at least one viewing. Would I see it again? I'll pass.
Rated 10 Dec 2009
55
29th
It had potential, but the ending was hopelessly predictable and ruined it all.
Rated 23 Apr 2012
75
44th
God told me to give this a 75
Rated 13 Oct 2008
80
68th
At some point Paxton figured out that acting is the best special effect. As such, this movie is a lot scarier and more disturbing than most movies with more overt FX work. The "surprise ending" is one you can see coming a mile away, but this movie is well done enough to be worth the time
Rated 19 Aug 2009
88
81st
Great original horror/thriller. Plus....Bill Paxton!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
61st
Nicely executed thriller (npi). Slightly predictable, but still...nice.
Rated 13 Feb 2010
75
65th
I thought the film was very solid. Very good try, Bill Paxton.
Rated 01 Nov 2021
77
70th
I accidentally spoiled the twist ending for myself by checking IMDb to see if Young Fenton also played Gary Giggles in the Spy Kids movies (he did), so don't check the cast list if you haven't seen this already. It's a great script, well-directed by Paxton in his feature debut, and solid performances all around, even from the children.
Rated 22 Jan 2012
0
1st
So the twist is the dude with the blonde hair telling the story about his brown haired, crazy, evil, serial killer brother's childhood and how when they were little the blonde kid did all this messed up stuff while the brown haired kid sat in silent protest is that the BLONDE GUY is actually the crazy evil serial killer. Who'd have thunk it?
Rated 09 Nov 2015
79
70th
This film assumes the worst about God's character, and in doing so comments on the upper limits of faith -- eventually asking if the lack de facto makes one a sinner, or worse: inherently evil. And it explores this with some beautifully horrific sequences, superlative child acting, and a complex performance by Paxton. Not for everyone, but I think it's a gem of a film.
Rated 22 Oct 2007
89
78th
A great thriller about the true meaning of faith, and the lengths a person will go to when he believes he is truly acting as the deity's "right hand". The compelling question throughout is whether he is crazy, or really acting as God's agent. Outstanding!
Rated 11 Mar 2007
75
89th
Very good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
52nd
Haunting in too many ways.
Rated 28 Apr 2008
90
92nd
Just turn off the movie when it SMASH CUTS to black, you'll thank me later
Rated 09 Jun 2007
85
90th
Along with "The Mexican" this is one of the movies that I recommend to people when they're looking for a movie that they have probably not seen.
Rated 20 Sep 2012
90
88th
This one's a personal favorite of mine. Bill Paxton impressed me alot with his first direcotiral effort, not to mention his wonderful and sympathetic performance as the father. It's a really creative idea for a horror film and delivers a shocking and fascinating twist at the end.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
80
89th
Very good movie has a few scenes that would work better in a novel, but it is still a very worthy effort.
Rated 15 Oct 2009
70
29th
Suspensful thriller with a supernatural bent. McConaughey and Paxton are both wonderful in this. I didn't really care a whole lot for the God's vengeance theme of it and think it may have been better if it was more ambiguous but I don't know. Either way it is worth a watch.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
80
70th
Well-directed and suitably creepy.
Rated 25 Mar 2014
60
24th
To all you demons out there: be very afraid, cause Otis is coming.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
64th
Surprisingly effective!
Rated 22 Aug 2010
84
71st
The measured pace starts 2 feel a bit like a short story padded out 2 feature-length about 1/2 way through, but ther's a grimly disturbing story here, w/ the overtly religious theme carrying some powerful subtext about the real-world implications of faith. Unfortunately the somewhat unnecessary & overly complicated twist completely undermines what came before & the entirety of that subtext. Still, the actors, perfectly timed surprises & creepy tone throughout keeps it all compulsively watchable.
Rated 14 Oct 2019
80
62nd
Frailty brings powerful acting to a good suspense movie. The religious fanaticism in this movie make it very interesting. Bill Paxton, who plays a father to two young boys, is visited by God who tells him to gather three weapons and slay demons with his children. The older child doesn't ever believe it but the younger on completely buys in. I liked how the story was told as flashback from the point of view of McConaughey's character's point-of-view. There is a good twist that isn't watered down.
Rated 31 Oct 2015
77
63rd
Hobbles itself with the classic post-Sixth Sense one twist too many ending, but the bulk of it is really good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
49th
It definitely holds your attention, written with intelligence and a good amount of style.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
91st
Yer not a demon are ye?
Rated 29 Sep 2012
70
55th
Dobry thriller z twistem. Nie podzielam tych wszystkich ochów i achów, za bardzo to wszystko oczywiste, (i nie mam na mysli rozwiazania historii) niemniej jednak obejrzalem z zainteresowaniem.
Rated 04 Jun 2007
85
72nd
something that you need to watch and discuss
Rated 23 Sep 2010
69
73rd
Pretty lackluster script is raised by some really good perfomances and fairly crisp directing from Paxton(!?).
Rated 17 Aug 2007
70
16th
Watching this movie is better than eating a bug. Unless the but is covered in chocolate.
Rated 22 Dec 2014
80
54th
Although it's an interesting movie and is never dull, it has a very empty feeling.
Rated 10 Sep 2015
65
47th
This was one of those unexpected hits for me. I appreciated the conviction of the main character. Kept me guessing whether or not this guy was truly hearing from God.
Rated 27 Jun 2014
82
63rd
There is nothing frail about Bill Paxton's direction in this thriller. The one thing that might have been lacking was a faster pace that the movie could move at. Still, once you get to the end, you find that everything starts fitting into place like a puzzle that's almost finished and then you find that missing piece under the table. Once it clicks you smile as the film has a pretty cool ending. Paxton is always amazing in what he does...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
18th
Kinda scary, definitely weird, well-acted.
Rated 07 Mar 2007
80
63rd
A surprise of a thriller, Paxton shines as a man who thinks god is telling him to slay demons. This film is well written and a pleasant surprise to horror fans.
Rated 25 May 2021
94
74th
Shockingly better than I expected. Good thriller with a twist. Kudos Bill Paxton on starring and directing, McDonaughey on starring and narrating and to the excellent child actors.
Rated 02 Jun 2017
54
26th
Decent flick with quite a few over-bloated reviews and ratings. Well made Crime Thriller with a plot that is just a bit too much to take for this cat for this genre.
Rated 04 Jan 2011
27
5th
it's a fuckin waste of time with a full of cliche
Rated 29 Nov 2011
40
54th
The thing I'm learning from watching more scary movies is that horror is a hard genre to do well. Frailty doesn't nail the character-audience relationship and the film suffers for it. The "Leave it to Beaver" style interactions between Adam and his father should be creepy but they come off as amusing instead. The older brother is the only emotionally interesting character, his struggles with family and loyalty saved this from being a total bore.
Rated 18 Jul 2015
59
36th
Interesting take on the serial killer genre, even if the literal "Deux Ex Machina" at the end is a bit of a cheat.
Rated 03 May 2016
5
22nd
unnecessary twist.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
51st
A slow and somewhat uneventful film, but haunting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
68th
And you though you had it rough growing up. Be warned though, the ending is VERY divisive.
Rated 16 Jun 2019
96
90th
A
Rated 30 Oct 2017
60
42nd
A good film with some big faults. I really think intertwining the past and present storylines gave away too much about the past. Add in a sheriff of Forrest Gump level intelligence, a decision that Fenton should've made earlier, and a dumb twist ending that creates plot holes/things that shouldn't have happened to begin with. On the plus side, the acting is great, the plot is unique, and it's entertaining. A good, yet very frustrating movie.
Rated 24 Sep 2010
100
94th
Just fantastic.
Rated 26 Mar 2009
83
33rd
Although I didn't take to the idea of a killer quoting scripture, the movie does have its share of twists and is creepy and very entertaining. Recommended.
Rated 09 Mar 2017
54
29th
Solid, but has a lot of stupid early-2000s thriller shit that I hate.
Rated 10 Jun 2018
60
68th
Even with a coherent, not too complicated and, therefore, highly predictable story, they nevertheless recreated the structure of The Usual Suspects.
Rated 07 Jul 2014
60
23rd
Pretty much takes all the suspense out of the film with the way it is presented. Also, takes itself too seriously. It's not terrible, but it didn't really grip me either.
Rated 21 Aug 2012
80
63rd
Solid film.
Rated 08 Feb 2022
65
39th
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Rated 10 Aug 2019
50
29th
Sürpriz(!) sonuna bi çift lafım var: "Harbi mi ya?"
Rated 27 Feb 2017
68
52nd
Interesting effort with the majority of the impact of the film coming from the double twist ending. The first twist isn't hard to spot and I saw it coming very early on. The second is clever in that I actually saw evidence of it throughout yet dismissed it each time, and I think that's effectively the point being made, so well done in that respect 'Frailty'. Like many I watched this due to Bill Paxton's recent passing. I preferred his direction to his performance, but he's effective with both.
Rated 07 Jan 2013
75
51st
75.000
Rated 13 Apr 2022
75
56th
Entertaining little almost forgotten film directed by Bill Paxton
Rated 29 Feb 2016
70
76th
Kinda falls apart at the end, but Paxton shines.
Rated 21 Jan 2007
50
43rd
Whoa
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
57th
A fun religion-themed horror-thriller.
Rated 26 Nov 2019
60
49th
Despite Paxton not bringing anything marvelous to a pretty recognizable serial killer story -- it is 90s flick all over --, this is a fun ride as both haunting childhood story -- dad taught kids they were demon slayers, with lists filled with names of random people (or demons) to be destroyed, not killed -- and twist-ending pulpy thriller. McCo is a true highlight. Too bad the finale accepts the visions were all true instead of leaving us with wicked ambiguities -- craziness or illumination?
Rated 26 Sep 2015
93
78th
Begining of film is little chaotic; This is the only negative thing of movie...
Rated 06 Mar 2011
62
21st
Olmasi mümkün olmayan olay, Tanrinin eli, balta, seri katil, baba-ogul katiller, (tanridan emir aldigini söyleyen bir adam iki ogluyla iblisleri öldürdügü iddasiyla insanlari öldürmektedir. Finalinde adamin hakli oldugunu gördük.)
Rated 21 Dec 2009
85
83rd
Really cool movie -- quite original and engaging.
Rated 28 Oct 2008
3
45th
Kind of predictable, but enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
60th
Definately a lot of suspense in this one.
Rated 18 Feb 2009
40
90th
"...just about perfect."
Rated 16 Nov 2012
80
65th
I liked it enough to give my brother a copy for Christmas. Surprising twist. Maybe I'm dumb, but I was surprised.
Rated 26 Jul 2022
82
34th
Good but the ending had me lost
Rated 24 Jul 2022
0
1st
B class thriller with C class acting. Released in 2001 but looks like it had been shot in the 80s.
Rated 09 Dec 2014
80
72nd
İncil'de dendiği gibi: "Babaların günahlarını oğulları çeker."
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
52nd
A good atmospheric thriller with a nice twist.
Rated 25 Dec 2007
81
55th
It seems like an ordinary film until the end. Then it redeems itself into one that you won't soon forget.
Rated 21 Oct 2023
74
64th
2023'de #IzlediğimFilmler ; 180. Frailty (2001) Bill Paxton'dan az bilinen güzel bir korku gerilim filmi. Çok erken kaybettik maalesef kendisini. 7/10
Rated 20 Feb 2014
86
91st
Bill Paxton does an outstanding job with directing this film. The script is great with some great twists. The movie is well cast, the acting in the film is outstanding. I highly recommend this film.
Rated 20 Aug 2009
83
68th
"You're a good man."
Rated 25 Feb 2008
80
64th
very good first film of director bill paxton. really frightful and with a clever ending.

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