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Howl Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Still, the biggest problem with "Howl" is the fact that none of its parallel narratives build to much of a climax.
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Howl is invigoratingly fresh. It has compelling filmmaking, a great script and tremendous acting from all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
To its immense credit, Howl the movie makes a huge success of this potentially problematic mish-mash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 6, 2011
A docu-drama which has 'aren't we a clever little art house production' tattooed through every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave White
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lynden Barber
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
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.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 6, 2011
Both poetic as film and insightful as dramatised documentary, an inspired piece of cinema.
Philip French
February 28, 2011
Sadly, I found it only moderately enjoyable and rather smug, much like an average edition of the BBC's Arena.

Daily Express (UK)
February 28, 2011
Expertly brings to life the poem and a defining moment in the cultural life of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep
February 25, 2011
A beautifully shot, softly nostalgic look into an artist's imaginative, intense and troubled life.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 25, 2011
There are ways to put poetry on the screen, but this drama-documentary about the Beat versifier Allen Ginsberg fails to find them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 24, 2011
Howl's biggest triumph, however, is that it never forces the viewer to revere the titular poem beyond its eminent value in testing the limits of society's tolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Jablonski
Little White Lies
February 24, 2011
A shade of Ginsberg, but a refreshing and solid film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 24, 2011
More like a laborious 84-minute trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 24, 2011
Howl is the American version of The King's Speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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