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Francine Reviews

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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While it's audacious on the part of the filmmakers (and of Leo) to keep Francine at arm's length from us, it makes the film a frustrating experience.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 3, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Francine portrays a woman on the socioeconomic margins and the sort of fiscal cliff that personalizes the phrase no politician can avoid these days.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, documentary makers trying their hand at drama, inspire a certain voyeuristic fascination toward the character but rarely sympathy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 8, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Melissa Leo plays her without inflection, giving us no instructions about what our opinion should be. It is a brave performance, an act of empathy with a sad woman.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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"Francine" is a small, detailed character study that never evolves into anything more.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2012
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Caught up in its own self-satisfied metaphor, its blank canvas and broadly sketched melancholic tones an empty vessel for those who would automatically turn the personal into the political.

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

October 8, 2012
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Petered out the perhaps promise of a psychological study or horror flick, halfway through 'Francine' nothing is left.

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September 20, 2012
Will McCord
Paste Magazine

Leo provides a seasoned, lived-in naturalism that is as rarely displayed on screen as it is potent.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.2/10

September 14, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

Numbing, uninvolving portrait of an ex-con as an animal-loving zombie.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 14, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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What with the unexciting hand-held camerawork, and the off-putting script and lead performance, "Francine" remains as frustrating as its inscrutable title character.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 14, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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A little aimlessness never makes the film seem overlong ... not at a brief 74 minutes, and the immersive, quiet desperation of Leo's performance more than compensates, as does the directors' keen eye for detail.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 6/10

September 13, 2012
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Francine is so minimalist that it has to rely almost entirely on Leo for solidity, and it would be a far stronger film if it supported and framed her more effectively.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

September 13, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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With no back story, scant dialogue and few narrative and psychological clues, "Francine" is an unsparing study of profound isolation.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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There are no concrete answers to be found at the end of this cryptic protagonist's journey, yet we can't help but follow every move she makes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Francine eventually abandons its opacity for queasy-making cruelty.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 11, 2012
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

In a character study of an ex-con who gives her heart and mind to animals rather than people, Melissa Leo's risky performance is ultimately framed with a disappointing, distanced pity.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 10, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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A glum but tenderly observed micro-portrait of a woman struggling to re-enter society after being released from prison.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 5, 2012
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE

Francine marks the start of a promising career for the filmmakers, more than anything else demonstrating their eye for small moments.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: B-

September 5, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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In this spare, striking drama, Melissa Leo's unerringly contained performance provides shattering insight into a woman powerless to resist the destabilizing forces of her life.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 5, 2012
David D'Arcy
Screen International

As a 74-minute snapshot of an American at the low end of the struggling 99%, it speaks far more eloquently than poverty statistics.

Full Review Source: Screen International

September 5, 2012
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