Pretenders Reviews

October 11, 2019
James Franco's love triangle is clearly enamored of film history and the French New Wave, and that enthusiasm helps somewhat, but the characters never really come to life or connect with one another.
October 4, 2019
Quantity over quality seems to be Franco's motto. He's quite consistent in how inconsistent he is.
October 4, 2019
[T]here's little that's sincere about this story.
October 4, 2019
Is this a film about bohemian artists or a parody of a film about bohemian artists? Because if we're supposed to take this laughably trite and sexist claptrap seriously, one has to laugh.
October 3, 2019
It descends into several discrete modes of misogyny.
October 3, 2019
The whole production feels masturbatory instead of observant.
September 30, 2019
The Pretenders is clever and cleverly performed, often visually alluring, observant, stylish and shallow.
June 28, 2019
Flat-footed performances, a shoddy script, sloppy filmmaking and faux-clever homages to directors like Godard, Truffaut and Bertolucci that will probably only entice viewers in, well, the first year of film school, should they happen to see it.
June 28, 2019
It's skillful enough to tickle the mind and the emotions but not effective enough to fully engage them.