100

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Schrader and Nolte are both at the height of their expressive powers in a film that, in its concentration and sobriety, leaves a lasting impression.
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100

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
This is a nearly miraculous conjunction of director, material and actor.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Affliction turns the sound on with sudden, crystalline clarity, and echoes with the haunting power of a suppressed truth that has finally been released.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Affliction -- a beautiful bummer, a magnificent feel-bad movie -- is American filmmaking of a most rewarding order.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Nolte and Coburn are magnificent in this film, which is like an expiation or amends for abusive men. It is revealing to watch them in their scenes together--to see how they're able to use physical presence to sketch the history of a relationship.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Violence may provide entertainment value in more crass or commercially minded projects, but in the unflinching world of Affliction, it leads only to the ruination of your soul. [5 February 1999, Friday, p.D]
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Affliction is for anyone willing to take the journey into the heart and soul of a troubled man on the edge.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Schrader seems to understand these characters implicitly, and the result is probably the best film he has directed.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Nolte, reinforced by the bleak discretion of Schrader's direction and a wonderful supporting cast, makes the most of the opportunity.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
James Coburn plays father in what may be the best performance of his career. [30 December 1998, Life, p.3D]
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79 out of 100
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