Affliction Synopsis
A small-town sheriff becomes unhinged, thanks in part to his abusive, alcoholic father.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated R | For Offensive Language Throughout