Frankie & Alice

Critics Consensus

Halle Berry gives it her all (and then some), but Frankie & Alice is ultimately too narratively strained and clumsily assembled to do her performance justice.



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From Lionsgate and Codeblack Films and the executive producers of INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and LACKAWANNA BLUES comes a mind-bending drama starring Academy Award (R) Winner and Golden Globe (R) Nominee Halle Berry (THE CALL, MONSTER'S BALL). FRANKIE & ALICE is inspired by the remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer "Frankie" with multiple personalities (dissociative identity disorder or "DID") who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named Genius and a Southern white racist woman named Alice. In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Halle Berry) works together with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgard) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her. (c) Code Black

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Halle Berry
as Frankie
Joanne Baron
as Nurse Susan Shaw
Brian Markinson
as Dr. Backman
Matt Frewer
as Dr. Strassfield
Sean Tyson
as Rich Fat Cat
Vanessa Morgan Mziray
as Frankie (16 years old)
Michalya Eve McKenzie
as Frankie (8 years old)
Michalya Eve McKenzi
as Frankie (8 years old)
Megan Charpentier
as Paige (8 years old)
Ken Yanko
as Judge Prescott
Emily Tennant
as Paige (16 years old)
Scott Lyster
as Pete Prescott
Anne Marie Deluise
as White Alice
Ben Cole
as Robert (Groom)
Calvin Lee
as Store Owner
Paul Puzzella
as Polyester Molester
Eric Pollins
as Bump and Grind Patron
Xantha Radley
as Maria (Anorexic Girl)
Colin Foo
as Thin Asian Patient
Christina Schild
as Annabel Prescott
Kathryn Kirkpatrick
as Admission Nurse
Richard Cohee
as Black Janitor
L. Harvey Gold
as Bar Executive #1
Troy Rudolph
as Bar Executive #2
Primo Allon
as Pool Player #1
Steffan Chavarria
as Pool Player #2
Cheryl Adams
as Code Green Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Frankie & Alice

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

  • Frankie & Alice feels like a film that might have been groundbreaking 40 years ago but has cable-TV movie of the week written all over it in 2014.

    Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5
  • Berry has proven she's willing to take on enormous challenges, and she certainly exceeds her grasp here. Perhaps that's why Frankie & Alice plays more like an elaborate acting workshop than a movie.

    Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4
  • While all this channel-switching and inevitable unearthing of psychic demons generates a great awards-season clip, it doesn't necessarily lead to a satisfying drama.

    Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It may be that this genre has been forever ruined, or just that it requires a more subtle hand than the one exhibited by Geoffrey Sax, the director here.

    Apr 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Lamentably by-the-numbers, treated like an affliction-of-the-week TV movie by its eight (!) credited writers and directed by Geoffrey Sax as if he knew where commercials should go.

    Apr 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to see beyond Berry's forced mannerisms. She swerves from boogie-dancing tough girl to stoic matron to irritatingly voiced kid.

    Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frankie & Alice

  • Apr 10, 2011
    Turn back, look forward Good decent movie. The acting was really good actually but the story wasn't that interesting although it had a good ending in which it explained a lil the complicated story. The movie is based on true events. Halle Berry plays the role of young woman named Francine L. Murdoch (Frankie) with multiple personality disorder. The movie starts in Savannah, Georgia 1957, where a girl is shown in a car accident. The movie is forwarded to present Los Angeles, California 1978, where Frankie works in strip club. One night after an altercation Frankie lands up in Pearce psychiatric hospital where she is introduced to Dr. Joseph Oswald (Dr. Oz). Later Dr. Oz starts treating Frankie for multiple personality disorder and diagnoses her as having three personalities. 1) Francine L. Murdoch, Black Female Age 32, IQ 132 Right handed. 2) Alice, White female Age ?, IQ 102 Left handed. 3) Genius, Black Female Age 8-12, IQ 156 Right handed. The story then revolves with Dr. Oz and Frankie where he treats her for the multiple personality disorder. In due course of time he is able to discover the other two sub conscious personality and make Frankie realize her problem. And the movie ends with credit as below: Dr Oz treated Frankie until she was able to control her condition. He died in 2001. Frankie (with help from Genius) became a High School Teacher. She married a psychiatrist.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2011
    With I'm sure the best of intentions (and not a little hope for Oscar's roving eye), Halle Berry stars in (and produces) this big-screen Lifetime movie about a woman afflicted with a fractured personality who meets a kindly doctor who helps her Break Through To Find Herself. If any part of that sentece appeals to you, this flick might be for you. Berry is deeply sincere and throws herself into the proceedings full tilt, and there is pleasure to be derived from that I guess, but if you don't sense trouble in the opening credits when six (SIX) writers are credited on this one psychological drama, then maybe this one's for you. For me? Not so much.
    Jeff T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2011
    Full review to come later (maybe)... What did this movie teach me? Amongst all the horrible people in the world, there are also great ones.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2011
    Well i had heard little and nothing about this flick and only finding out about it after i saw that Halle Berry was nominated for a golden globe and reading the review and sypnosis to this hidden away little flick and found out it was a true life case of a woman with split personalitie disorder. Halle plays a stripper named Frankie whose little mood swings have all but frightened the crap out of her coworkers and boss. It turns out these mood swings are alot more serious and turn out to be s.p.d. Frankie has two others sharing her tired little body, one a frightened but smartas a whip 9yr old girl who her psychiatrist Dr. Oz (Stellan Skarsgard) names genius and an racist white woman named Alice. As the movie rolls along we find out that their is alot of history that inspired Frankie to take on these alter personas and can be triggered by something as simple as a song on the radio. An overall good film that lot of reviwers and critics have been calling a Sybil rip off ( I dont call it that but the mental illness is the same thats for sure) Berry's nomination for the golden globe failed and wasnt won as it went to Natalie Portman's performance in Black Swan (another acting job that was well deserved of the win) however she once again pulled off a solid job along with a stellar performance in this film.
    Lee K Super Reviewer

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