Frances (1982)

As played by Jessica Lange, Frances Farmer is a rebel from the word go, winning a high school essay award by writing a piece in defense of Communism. Determining to become an actress, Frances is equally determined not to play the Hollywood… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Nick Davis
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Lange is wonderful, and provides a searing, tremendous reason to see a film that would otherwise collapse under even a moment of analytical pressure.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

In one year (along with "Tootsie") Lange went from joke to respect.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Harrowing story well played by Lange.

Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Despite the cardboard characters she's surrounded by, Jessica Lange single-handedly makes this depressing film worth watching.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A beautiful actress with a rebellious streak is plagued by perceived mental illness. Jessica Lange, who received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for this role,… More
Michael Gildea
Frances left me feeling (obviously not as) torn as Frances Farmer herself in watching it. On the one hand I praise it for Jessica Lange's powerhouse… More
Dean McKenna
Wonderful biopic of the late 1930s Hollywood star Frances Farmer that tells a little known yet horrific, story but is over-Hollywoodised. Jessica Lange makes a… More
Veronique Kwak
"frances" is a flick based on 1930s rebel actress frances farmer whose life and great potentiality were wasted horridly in mental institution. (raped,… More
Spencer S.
The film starts as a standard biopic, charting the success of actress Frances Farmer in all her mundane glory. There are scenes of her atheism, lack of fear… More
jay nixon
a searing performance by jessica lange of a truly sad and tortured woman makes this profoundly downbeat film worth watching.