Being Frank Reviews

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July 16, 2019
Being Frank threatens to sink under the weight of life-altering deception played for laughs.
July 9, 2019
It's hard to say who's more at fault: writer, director, actors, pool boy.
July 6, 2019
Director Miranda Bailey put together an overall enjoyable film reminiscent of the sleeper films of an era of filmmaking that is altogether lost
July 1, 2019
Inconsistent lurches between romp comedy and soap opera melodrama detract as the plot noose tightens and the truth closes in on Frank.
June 28, 2019
...a tonally inconsistent, unsatisfying film that is neither funny nor insightful...
June 28, 2019
Jim Gaffigan mugs as a dad with two families. A few interesting pieces, but it's basically a TV sitcom version of a British slamming doors farce.
June 28, 2019
No faulting a game cast, but even talented actors can't make this creaky and marginally creepy farce hit enough of the right notes.
June 26, 2019
Bailey's film ultimately feels like a misguided attempt to complicate male entitlement by humanizing it.
June 24, 2019
A frantic and desperate attempt to extract some laughs from a misguided premise.
June 24, 2019
The movie has a great message for kids and teens...stand up and be the adults out...especially if you feel they are wrong and in this case, Frank is oh so wrong...
June 21, 2019
Being Frank works so hard to make its male abuser sympathetic, while virtually ignoring the inner lives of the women unfortunate enough to be in his path, that each moment of empathy feels unearned and every laugh regrettable.
June 21, 2019
What a jerk. But what an interesting jerk to be at the center of a quirky and entertaining deadpan comedy/drama.
June 21, 2019
It needs strong performances to elevate its mediocrity, so instead we are left with a film straining for modest goals it cannot achieve.
June 20, 2019
You expect Jim Gaffigan to make you laugh, but this, his first lead role, is serious. It's a dramedy. One we think could have had both more comedy and more drama.
June 19, 2019
Being Frank might aspire to creating a forgiving, feel-good mood, but instead it's a depressing portrait of betrayal.
June 18, 2019
Unfortunately, in the filmmaker's narrative-feature debut, she takes the theme of betrayal and turns it into fodder for a sitcom, and not a particularly funny one at that.
June 17, 2019
It adopts a tonally dissonant and thematically confused approach to what is, in essence, little more than a Lifetime movie writ large.
June 16, 2019
Though Being Frank plays with some intriguing ideas, there are simply too many at work for it to do them justice in under two hours.
June 14, 2019
The setup (script by Glen Lakin) is full of wacko screwball potential, some of which is mined, some of which misses the boat.
June 14, 2019
Gaffigan deals in exaggerated grimaces that shift back and forth from panic to guarded sincerity, which make for most of the movie's humor aside from some cutting lines by the supporting cast.
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