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159 Ratings


Directed by Riley Stearns
United States, 2014


Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire’s parents recruit one of the world’s foremost experts on mind control, Ansel Roth.

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Faults Directed by Riley Stearns
The film never feels derivative, partly because of its strong lead performances (Stearns’s wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, co-stars), but mostly because of its confident transition from a by-the-numbers dark comedy to something unexpected and disturbing.
May 04, 2016
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Stearns’s film presents a risky black-box proposition: what happens when you put the potentially rote dynamics between cult member and deprogrammer (à la Holy Smoke) in a stage play-like setting (à la Tape)? In this case, the result is a satisfying, small-scale success (and the answer, by the way, lies within).
March 05, 2015
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Working with his wife, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who also co-produced), [Stearns has] fashioned a movie that undergoes a slow, captivating metamorphosis, scene by scene, though who’s the caterpillar and who’s the cocoon remains unclear until the very end.
March 05, 2015
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