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 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 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
It needs strong performances to elevate its mediocrity, so instead we are left with a film straining for modest goals it cannot achieve.
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
Whilst one has to admire scriptwriter Glen Lakin's skill at keeping the farce going for as long as it does, the film too often feels as if it's being clever for the sake of it and adding more twists doesn't necessarily add to their comedic impact.
June 14, 2019
Instead of exploring the dramatic complexities of such a scenario, the film opts for a broad treatment overloaded with quirks and contrivances.
Top Critic
June 14, 2019
Being Frank festers uncomfortably from start to finish.
June 14, 2019
Laughs are few and far between in this weak comedy about a bigamist whose son discovers the truth behind his "business trips."
June 13, 2019
Yes, it's a real breath of fresh air to watch an American comedy so forthright, even one that isn't funny. But it shouldn't be.
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