I don't pretend to have a clue how to adapt William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" for the screen, but unlike James Franco, I, at least, didn't try.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
As a whole ... "As I Lay Dying" conveys some of Faulkner's themes, and the details of the Bundren family story, with clarity and concision.
| Original Score: 3/5
It remains to be seen whether James Franco can live up to his outsized ambitions.
| Original Score: 2/5
Faulkner fans... need not be up in arms about this version of his Nobel Prize winner.
The past may never be done with us, but Lord, do we wish Franco was done with our literary heritage.
Franco adapted a book that often reads like joyless homework into a film that feels the same way.
In many respects this is a faithful and intelligent synopsis of the book.
A startlingly effective adaptation of William Faulkner's challenging novel by James Franco.
Franco offers up a competently acted, technically adequate Cliff Notes take on Faulkner's narratively refracted tale of dirt-poor Mississippi folk in mourning.