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Howl Reviews

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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
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
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
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
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
Expertly brings to life the poem and a defining moment in the cultural life of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
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
February 24, 2011
A shade of Ginsberg, but a refreshing and solid film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2011
Howl is the American version of The King's Speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 24, 2011
Franco is outstanding as the gay, insecure poet, whose worship and love for fellow Beats Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady informed his urgent, passionate early work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2011
Is it watchable? Yes. Mainly for Franco's gamy Ginsberg, visibly writhing and vocally wrestling to escape the lantern-slide-lecture restrictions of his remit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2011
This is a bold, inspiring piece of work, putting experimental techniques in the service of a heartfelt, insightful and surprisingly audience-friendly work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 23, 2011
The poem itself is illuminated by some impressive cartoon visuals, adding much-needed lustre to lines that inspired a radical counter culture but are very much a product of their times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2011
With a frustrating format and poor animation, it's still worth it for Franco and the chance to engage with a key work of poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2011
A heady tribute that lets Allen Ginsberg's Beat poem do all the talking and gives Franco another chance to shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 28, 2011
It's sweet stuff, a portrait of an artist in turmoil, under fire and laying himself bare. Howl captures Howl beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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