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November 7, 2009
Ultimately it doesn't quite work, but along the way it is easy to be somewhat sucked in, especially by Eva Green's suicidal artist and Sam Riley's emotionally shattered dreamer
March 6, 2009
Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2009
Franklyn is puzzling in a way some may think tiresome and others intriguing. Gerald McMorrow, whose first feature this is, has talent, but just as he starts tying up the loose ends, the film unravels.
March 3, 2009
If ambition and flair were the only hallmarks of a five-star film then Franklyn would be top of the class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 3, 2009
Look past the odd shortcoming in the storytelling, and there's a brave movie here, one that's prepared to tackle some weighty issues about religion and obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2009
Marks McMorrow as a director to watch, one unafraid of taking risks and going against the grain of the British film industry. It's not for everyone, but surrender to the limitless ambition and off-kilter tone and it's an engaging 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
An admirably non-formulaic drama, which manages to reconcile the opposed British film traditions of contemporary, realistic, low-key character drama with eccentric, flamboyant, Gothic fantasy. It certainly marks out McMorrow as a talent to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2009
'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
February 27, 2009
McMorrow's ideas may be too damn bold and expansive for Franklyn to succeed on every level, but it's a striking debut from a writer-director unafraid to reach as high as he can.
February 27, 2009
It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2009
He is aiming high. And yet, to use a recondite and specialist critical term, this film is massively up itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 27, 2009
The spiralling plot lines slowly weave together with real dexterity, resulting in a payoff that's as unexpected as it is satisfying. A cracking sci-fi brainteaser.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2009
The attempts to compress so many themes into such a short space of time end up making Franklyn seem like it's leapt from the imagination of Garth Marenghi. Ultimately, McMorrow's over-ambitious debut is a beautiful mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 27, 2009
You have to give the debut director his due for an absurdly ambitious attempt to do something genuinely different in an age cursed with tired formula and dollar-obsessed convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 27, 2009
Frustrating. Not as clever as it thinks it is, but often far better looking than you'd expect. You have to laud McMorrow for a brazen Brit debut that isn't either A) a horror or B) takes place in a gang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2009
This bold and complex British fantasy-drama is an impressive debut for writerdirector Gerald McMorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2009
Franklyn is an ambitious sci-fi film that squeezes every penny from its 6m budget and throws it onto the screen to create a terrific futuristic cityscape. Kudos for that, yet no amount of good looks can hide the fact it's almost unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 27, 2009
What is real, what is fiction and why should I care? That is what you will be asking yourself for the first 70 minutes of this strange film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 27, 2009
It takes a quarter of the movie's duration to start detecting its drift, another quarter to start caring. The fantastications have a stronger wallop than the realism.
February 27, 2009
Allow that director Gerald McMorrow's feature debut shows ambition in fusing psychodrama, fantasy and metropolitan romance. Sadly, coherence and comprehensibility have been left for dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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