Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 26, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Frailty

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/12/02
performer
Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe
director
Bill Paxton
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Brent Hanley
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B

Frailty (100 mins., R) Bill Paxton stars in and directs this sturdy, religio-nutso B horror thriller. It’s a twisted bonding movie about a good widowed Texas daddy (Paxton) who loves his two sons so much that he shatters their childhood innocence when a nighttime vision compels him to enlist his boys in the business of destroying demons by hacking folks to death. Matthew McConaughey, reveling in scruffiness, plays one of the now-grown sons, who narrates a complicated pattern of flashbacks to Powers Boothe, happily hamming it up as a skeptical FBI agent. B

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