Critics Consensus

Gerald McMorrow's bold debut is a complex and ambitious film that highlights the director's potential, but its multi-layered story takes time to develop and might be frustrating for some.



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Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic metropolis of Meanwhile City, "Franklyn" weaves a tale of four lost souls, whose lives are intertwined by fate, romance and tragedy. As these worlds collide, a single bullet determines the destiny of these four characters.

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Critic Reviews for Franklyn

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

  • Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness.

    Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • He is aiming high. And yet, to use a recondite and specialist critical term, this film is massively up itself.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • McMorrow is clearly an intriguing and talented British director but Franklyn is almost impossible to follow, thus wasting the talents of the good cast trying their best to make sense of it.

    Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Franklyn

  • Nov 08, 2010
    In Meanwhile City, all people are welcome as long as they have a faith, my personal favorite being the Seventh Day Manicurists. Jonathan Priest(Ryan Phillippe) is a renegade without any who has tracked a missing child to Duplex Wry which is headed by the Individual. But then he finds out he is too late from Wormsnakes(Stephen Walters) who betrays him to the authorities. Meanwhile, in modern day London, Emilia(Eva Green) makes videos for her college classes that freak out everybody else, especially her mother(Susannah York), because emergency services are usually required. Into this troubled metropolis walk two strangers, Milo(Sam Riley) who is recovering from being jilted at the altar and Peter(Bernard Hill) who is hopefully moving towards his missing son. Okay, I know it is a cliche for any movie to point out that we are all connected but what separates the intelligent and challenging "Franklyn" is its unique approach that mixes in elements of the fantastic in its exploration of faith. While the split narrative works well(and the Meanwhile City segments look fabulous), I think the movie should have been longer to fully flesh out some of the plot strands and characters. And in the end, it does make sense while never taking the easy way out.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2010
    This film is trying very hard to be clever but only really succeeds in "trying" very hard to be clever. The Meanwhile City scenes are quite stunningly well crafted whereas the everday scenes are - well - everyday and could have fallen out of any TV soap opera. Don't believe the hype that pushed this as an epic fantasy as, impressive as those scenes are, there're precious few of them.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2010
    I almost bought this movie twice, but didnt. Then I rented it and now I am very glad I didnt spend my money buying this. It was very odd and for a good long time I didnt understand what the point of several of the characters was. Even in the end there were still a lot of confusions, although I think I understood most of it. I think they were trying to make some sort of religious statement with this movie, but I really didnt understand what that was. Weird - and not in the good way. What did this movie teach me? Some people are just crazy.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2010
    McMorrow takes a bold shot in his directing debut, making an ambitious film that has a very original idea, but the problem is that the plot begins so complex and hard to understand that, by the time it reaches one hour, it is already too confusing for us to care.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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