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Frances Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 6, 2016
All the more credit to Lange that she's able to extract something so titanically powerful from material so limiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 9, 2015
Jessica Lange brings so much energy and personal involvement to her portrayal of Frances Farmer that you can't help but feel sorry for her; nothing else in the film remotely matches her talent and dedication.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2015
Jessica Lange turns in a forceful performance, but director Graeme Clifford stresses the most sordid aspects of the story.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
March 9, 2015
Jessica Lange is mesmerising in this uneven biopic of the spirited, politically outspoken 1930s actress Frances Farmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

People Magazine
March 9, 2015
With a superb lead performance from Jessica Lange, this is a horror story based on life, not nightmare.

TV Guide
March 9, 2015
This relentlessly depressing film biography boasts a moving performance by Jessica Lange.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
It's quite an accomplishment for Jessica Lange and it's too bad a better film didn't come of it.
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Verina Glaessner
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Farmer, as scripted here and played by Lange, unsurprisingly remains something of a cypher.
Emanuel Levy
June 15, 2005
Jessica Lange and Kim Stanley give superb performances as the troubled actress Frances Farmer and her domineering mother, compensating for the shapeless narrative, which is too ridden with cliches of showbiz biopics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
In one year (along with "Tootsie") Lange went from joke to respect.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 28, 2004
Harrowing story well played by Lange.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Jessica Lange plays Frances Farmer in a performance that is so driven, that contains so many different facets of a complex personality, that we feel she has an intuitive understanding of this tragic woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
[Frances] is such a mixed up movie that it still seems to be unfinished, as if Graeme Clifford, the director, and the writers hadn't yet discovered the real point of the Frances Farmer story.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 20, 2004
Lange is wonderful, and provides a searing, tremendous reason to see a film that would otherwise collapse under even a moment of analytical pressure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Null
November 5, 2003
Unfortunately though the story glosses over some of the big details in Farmer's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
Focusing a little too heavily on the melodramatic aspects of the catress's life, Fances is nonetheless superior TV-movie fodder.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 17, 2002
Jessica Lange's outstanding performance offers an intriguing portrait of Frances Farmer, an actress who marched to the beat of her own drummer and paid the price.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Despite the cardboard characters she's surrounded by, Jessica Lange single-handedly makes this depressing film worth watching.
Read More | Original Score: 70/100
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 18, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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