Howl Reviews

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June 10, 2020
Epstein and Friedman utilize fact, fiction and animation tropes to explain how a seven-page poem would launch a counterculture, or what some have labeled an ongoing culture war.
January 22, 2020
But for students of Ginsberg, American history, and the Beats, Howl is probably essential viewing.
October 4, 2019
The main reason to see the film is the note-perfect performance by James Franco.
March 20, 2018
Excellent performance from Franco, who carries the weight of the film... [Full review in Spanish]
February 7, 2018
Great art transcends its creator. In this case, it also lays the foundation for a great film.
October 7, 2015
Still, the biggest problem with "Howl" is the fact that none of its parallel narratives build to much of a climax.
November 11, 2013
Howl is invigoratingly fresh. It has compelling filmmaking, a great script and tremendous acting from all involved.
January 15, 2013
Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman attracted Hollywood talent, had an epic poem and a classic culture clash as their subject and still produced a corpse from it.
July 14, 2011
To its immense credit, Howl the movie makes a huge success of this potentially problematic mish-mash.
April 6, 2011
A docu-drama which has 'aren't we a clever little art house production' tattooed through every frame.
April 4, 2011
Any movies that introduce new audiences to real-life moments when the world was moved forward a little bit by books are nothing to take for granted.
March 12, 2011
It is the trial itself - which Ginsberg did not attend - that is the real payoff here as Howl's defenders and detractors get their day in court.
March 10, 2011
The film's jigsaw construction initially lends an air of freshness and unpredictability, but as the film moves forward the lack of any overarching thematic structure or emotional dynamism becomes a problem.
March 8, 2011
Fittingly unconventional in narrative and driven by James Franco's inspired performance, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking tribute to an epic work.
March 6, 2011
Both poetic as film and insightful as dramatised documentary, an inspired piece of cinema.
February 28, 2011
Sadly, I found it only moderately enjoyable and rather smug, much like an average edition of the BBC's Arena.
February 28, 2011
Expertly brings to life the poem and a defining moment in the cultural life of America.
February 25, 2011
A beautifully shot, softly nostalgic look into an artist's imaginative, intense and troubled life.
February 25, 2011
What the hell is going on with James Franco? The erstwhile Spider-Man star is rapidly turning into cinema's Renaissance man.
February 25, 2011
The animated sections are entirely unnecessary and rather terrible, but there's no denying the power of Franco's eerily spot-on incarnation of the prophetic free thinker.
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