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Franklyn Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Ultimately it doesn't quite work, but along the way it is easy to be somewhat sucked in, especially by Eva Green's suicidal artist and Sam Riley's emotionally shattered dreamer

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 7, 2009
Edward Porter
Times [UK]

Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

March 6, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Franklyn is puzzling in a way some may think tiresome and others intriguing. Gerald McMorrow, whose first feature this is, has talent, but just as he starts tying up the loose ends, the film unravels.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 6, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

If ambition and flair were the only hallmarks of a five-star film then Franklyn would be top of the class.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2009
Richard Edwards
SFX Magazine

Look past the odd shortcoming in the storytelling, and there's a brave movie here, one that's prepared to tackle some weighty issues about religion and obsession.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2009
Joe Utichi
IGN Movies UK

Marks McMorrow as a director to watch, one unafraid of taking risks and going against the grain of the British film industry. It's not for everyone, but surrender to the limitless ambition and off-kilter tone and it's an engaging 100 minutes.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies UK | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2009
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

An admirably non-formulaic drama, which manages to reconcile the opposed British film traditions of contemporary, realistic, low-key character drama with eccentric, flamboyant, Gothic fantasy. It certainly marks out McMorrow as a talent to watch.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2009
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

February 27, 2009
Jon Fortgang

McMorrow's ideas may be too damn bold and expansive for Franklyn to succeed on every level, but it's a striking debut from a writer-director unafraid to reach as high as he can.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 27, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2009
Peter Bradshaw

He is aiming high. And yet, to use a recondite and specialist critical term, this film is massively up itself.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2009
John Dunning
Little White Lies

The spiralling plot lines slowly weave together with real dexterity, resulting in a payoff that's as unexpected as it is satisfying. A cracking sci-fi brainteaser.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2009
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

The attempts to compress so many themes into such a short space of time end up making Franklyn seem like it's leapt from the imagination of Garth Marenghi. Ultimately, McMorrow's over-ambitious debut is a beautiful mess.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

You have to give the debut director his due for an absurdly ambitious attempt to do something genuinely different in an age cursed with tired formula and dollar-obsessed convention.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2009
Jonathan Dean
Total Film

Frustrating. Not as clever as it thinks it is, but often far better looking than you'd expect. You have to laud McMorrow for a brazen Brit debut that isn't either A) a horror or B) takes place in a gang.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2009
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]

This bold and complex British fantasy-drama is an impressive debut for writerdirector Gerald McMorrow.

Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Franklyn is an ambitious sci-fi film that squeezes every penny from its 6m budget and throws it onto the screen to create a terrific futuristic cityscape. Kudos for that, yet no amount of good looks can hide the fact it's almost unwatchable.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2009

Sun Online

What is real, what is fiction and why should I care? That is what you will be asking yourself for the first 70 minutes of this strange film.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

It takes a quarter of the movie's duration to start detecting its drift, another quarter to start caring. The fantastications have a stronger wallop than the realism.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

February 27, 2009
Anthony Quinn

Allow that director Gerald McMorrow's feature debut shows ambition in fusing psychodrama, fantasy and metropolitan romance. Sadly, coherence and comprehensibility have been left for dead.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2009
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