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Hellion

6/10
Drama . Thriller
 

When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, 13-year-old Jacob's delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother Wes with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father must finally take responsibility for their actions and each other in order to bring Wes home.

 
Actors: Corby Sullivan , Annalee Jefferies , Camron Owens , Dalton Sutton , Walt Roberts , Jonny Mars , Deke Garner , Josh Wiggins , Juliette Lewis , Aaron Paul
Directors: Kat Candler
Country: USA
Release: 2014-06-13
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  • Lindsey Bahr

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Hellion offers a startling and memorable portrait of adolescent life in downscale East Texas suburbia, along with a white-hot breakthrough performance from teenage actor Josh Wiggins.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    Director Candler acquits herself nicely in her third feature-length film, never allowing the agonizing narrative to drown in self-pity. She keeps the film’s head above water despite the occasional contrivances in her screenplay.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    A well-observed and patiently told story, with one good scene after another, featuring amazing performances across the board, but particularly from newcomer Josh Wiggins.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Daniel Fienberg

    Kat Candler has cobbled together an assortment of half-developed genre pieces that ultimately don't entirely gel. I think the elements work better as parts than Hellion does as a whole.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    I like the way writer-director Kat Candler, expanding a short film she made a few years back, doesn’t give away the whole back-story — what killed the mother, who might have been to blame.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Ed Frankl

    Its narrative might reach cliché towards the end, but powerful performances carry this fine fable of the American Dream lost in heartbreak.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The resulting coming-of-age story isn't necessarily an uplifting one. It is harsh. It is melancholy. It is sometimes uncomfortable to watch and predictable here and there. But it also boasts a feeling of authenticity.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Hellion is a glimpse into rural American childhood that’s both tense and melancholy.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Hellion aims to cut deep, striking a tone that melds the hysterical moralism of Larry Clark’s Kids (1995) with the coming-of-age melancholy of Mud’s Jeff Nichols (also this film’s executive producer).

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Hellion offers Paul his most adult screen role so far, and he's very fine, but the movie belongs to Wiggins, a newcomer whose innate gifts are a perfect echo of Paul's.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    More sensitive than sensational, Candler’s debut doesn’t add much in the way of insight to the juvenile delinquency genre, but boasts a stunning breakthrough performance from newcomer Josh Wiggins as the troublemaker in question.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    It's not as if empathetic peeks into the lives of America's poor white boys aren't valuable, and Hellion has nothing if not empathy for every one of its characters. But without a more original story or a distinctive visual presence, it's hard for it to rise above a crowded field.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    A little more deviating from the playbook would make Hellion stand out more amidst an ever-growing pack of similar films.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Based on her short film, Candler’s Hellion pads its slender, commonplace, but potentially rewarding premise with contrivances, clichés, repetitiousness, and, when all else fails, implausible, arbitrary melodrama.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    One just wishes the scaffolding of indie tropes around Paul and the better parts of Hellion weren't so shaky.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Writer and director Kat Candler struggles to shape an undercooked story into compelling drama.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Occasionally, the viewer gets the sense that the camera’s jittery swaying is meant to draw attention from the film’s clunkiness. Fragrance is a poor substitute for depth.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Hellion lingers for most of its running time in a betwixt-and-between place, never becoming either the sublime character sketch or the overripe melodrama it alternately promises to be.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Lee Dallas

    Both film and protagonist are troubled works in progress that shuffle and meander and frequently falter, but occasionally sing.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Rooney

    The actors' raw honesty and the unvarnished authenticity of the Southeast Texas environment lend weight to this slow-burn drama about responsibility, even if its storytelling is unrelentingly downbeat and lacks muscularity.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Admittedly heartbreaking and moving in its final moments, Hellion just can’t quite convince or coalesce its ideas of struggle, pain and fury in a meaningful or new way.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Hellion is so sincere and so dull that some might mistake it for a true work of art.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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