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Broken Tower Reviews

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 28, 2012
You should be prepared for some high-minded pretension, lots of self-consciously arty shots, and long stretches of apparently profound nothingness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 27, 2012
Ah, James Franco: actor, director, writer, conceptual artist, soap opera star! What can't he do? Answer: Make a cohesive, coherent film about a great American writer.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 27, 2012
The technique - and this movie is about nothing if not technique, both Crane's and the filmmaker's - isn't particularly successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 26, 2012
Despite earnest attempts, Mr. Franco can't bring the fervency of Crane's poetry to life in the extensive recitations.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 25, 2012
It's a pensive and heartfelt movie, assuming that you let yourself get caught up in its moody-minimalist, more-visual-than-verbal style.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 24, 2012
The Broken Tower feels unique as a young man's tribute to an adventuresome, doomed soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
Sincere, amateurish, and misguided.
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2012
James Franco's film is tonally flat and a little too impressed with its own elliptical construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
February 23, 2012
Though clearly besotted with Crane's poetry, the writer-director-star never achieves full immersion in the man's life or work; the sense is of people playing a very cerebral game of dress-up.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2011
Not a heady experience like many of the semi-experimental 1960s films he emulates. Instead, it's mostly a tedious chore, much akin to listening poetry you don't much like.
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