Tenderness

 (328)5.51 h 40 min2009R
A policeman (Crowe) works to figure out whether a violent teen (Foster) murdered his family.
Directors
John Polson
Starring
Russell CroweJon FosterSophie Traub
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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3.3 out of 5 stars

328 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Every Screenwriter in America ...
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but one must be saying "They made *this* thing and not mine?? Why? How?"

There are 3 types of really bad movies: Those which are so bad they're kinda good. Those which are bad and know they're bad, so they have no pretense of grandeur. Those which are really, really bad but pretend that they're not. That last one? That's what this was.

The worst part of that last type is that you keep watching, expecting the thing to turn around. Except it never does and you feel like you've just wasted the last hour and a half. Don't waste an hour and a half of your life. Don't give give the producers, director and actors that satisfaction because, surely this was intentional on all of their parts. You can't be a part of this production and not know that.

Terrible acting, awful directing, horrible acting and really (really) bad writing. In fact, this was SO bad that I'm tempted to never watch another movie ever again, for fear that I'll see another one like this. Russel Crowe's career has truly hit rock bottom.
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K DudeReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mildly interesting but doesn't pick up
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This was mildly interesting enough to keep me watching, but in the end it just didn't deliver. It was average and on the dull side. Russell Crowe is the lead big name on this film, which is why I chose to give this a try, but he's hardly in it and even his performance felt phoned in. The characters themselves are dull people in general, so it's not understood why anyone decided to give them any screen time. The sleepy performances by all of these characters was putting me to sleep. It's like that dull employee that goes to work and does the absolute minimum. They kind of move around lifeless and communicating in that sleepy monotone. That was the characters and the performances of these people. Not even Russell Crowe and cameo performance from Laura Dern could resuscitate this. Like I said, it was watchable and held my interest, but it was feeding me just enough to think it would grow stronger.
IsabellaReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Dark/depressing with no satisfying end to make it worthwhile.
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The story lines don't add up and the story lines aren't good even where they do add up.

The "psychopath" killer who is released when he turns 18 does a great job as an actor, and that's about the only good thing here. Laura Dern's role and Russel Crowe's role could have been the saving graces of the film but the film does not tap these resources. Instead it focuses on the girl, Laurie's, odd behavior that made me wish her killed off earlier in the film. Thank goodness it was a free film on Prime because I'd want my money back if I had paid for it.
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beckieReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting Characters
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While "Amazon Customer" & Isabella did not like this movie or find redeeming traits, I did. I decided to watch since Russell Crowe had leading role. I like almost anything he is in and found this movie while maybe not a blockbuster on the edge of your seat script, still a thought provoking and worthwhile watch. I found the characters moving, very well acted by Jon Foster; I appreciated his conflicting emotions and the girl, Lori I found incredibly sad and probably representative of many teenagers that need hope, but may not find it. Watch this with an open mind, and you might be surprised.
JucelleReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fascinating character study that hits all the right goose bumps
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Three damaged characters on a single collision path. A 15 year old girl, a young psychopath and a policeman. Eric committed the most heinous crimes as a juvenile, killing teenage girls and his own parents. On his 18th birthday, he is being released with his record expunged. The policeman who put him away makes a promise to never lose sight of him because Eric is bound to kill again. Eric takes the threat with a whisper of a smile, cold enough to be chilling. Lori can't seem to escape sexual predators, be they men her mother brings into their home or from off chance meetings. Lori also has a fixation on Eric whom she has witnessed kiss and kill a girl before he was incarcerated. She insinuates herself in his life wanting to be his dry-run girlfriend. Eric, meanwhile, is fighting off the urge to kill but finds himself drawn to Lori because of her self-pity. The now retired policeman is hot on the trail of Eric and Lori, trying to catch one in the act of killing and protecting the other. But Lori is steadfast in her desperate need for companionship, and, in spite of being sexually rejected by Eric, means to protect him. And she does up to a point...
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Dix88Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
So well acted!
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Almost an art film. Beautifully filmed/cinematography. Acting by all is stellar. Of course, we expect this from seasoned Russell Crowe & Laura Dern. But the young actors are brilliant, too. Jon Foster as the homicidal Eric, Sophie Traub as Lori-- the lost soul/suicidal victim of sexual predator step-father. Alexis Dzenia in her brief role does a great job as unsuspecting near-prey.
Jon Foster brings to the role a truly complicated character. His Eric isn't just the run-of-the-mill serial killer. He weeps, is distraught when Lori is lost.
There are elements of Hitchcock in this film--especially at the carnival.
And I thought of "An American Tragedy" (book & film) at the lake.
Truly well acted, very complex. Not a typical police procedural. It's a deep study of characters dealing with personality flaws, tragedies, the No Exit of Sartre.
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PeachyPatReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Two sad people do not a happy couple make
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I usually like dark films and this one is very dark. Two young people with deep problems. Since I don't know the background of the boy, I can't say if there was anyway that he could have been helped. I'm sure that Lori's school mates and perhaps a teacher might have felt that she was having a tough time. Certainly her mother was willing to hear Lori say what she wanted to hear.

I'm not convinced that Lori's uncaring mother would not have tried to locate her after a couple of days, but there are many young people out there that are virtually on their own even when living with a parent. Lori's yearning to be loved and cared about enables her to glaze over what she saw at the river and try to find some happiness with a person unable to give any feeling to her. The ending would have happened one way or another.

I can only hope that a movie like this can remind us to pay attention to the people around us and help if we can.
martinatunafishReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Profound and brilliantly acted performances by Jon Foster and Sophie Traub
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Oh my. We see very little of Russell, but yet he headlines this brilliant film. This is a profound film and content. The young actors, Jon Foster and Sophie Traub truly do a remarkable unforgettable acting job. I hope we will see more of these two wonderful actors. Jon Foster portrays a very deeply oppressed and disturbed individual who likes to kill. And Sophie Traub portrays a young woman who wants to be loved and understood. So she gives to Jon Foster what she wants. But there's a problem...she's still breathing! The story is very profound. I am sorry evil exists and we have so many demented troubled individuals to cope with. And...this film really makes you open your eyes and think. This film is brilliant! We need to be alert and know a book is much more than its cover. Who knows what lies within. Scary but true.
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