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Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic metropolis of Meanwhile City, "Franklyn" weaves a tale of four lost souls, whose lives are intertwined by fate, romance and tragedy. As these worlds collide, a single bullet determines the destiny of these four characters.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Look past the odd shortcoming in the storytelling, and there's a brave movie here, one that's prepared to tackle some weighty issues about religion and obsession."
‑ Richard Edwards, SFX Magazine
"McMorrow's ideas may be too damn bold and expansive for Franklyn to succeed on every level, but it's a striking debut from a writer-director unafraid to reach as high as he can."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"The spiralling plot lines slowly weave together with real dexterity, resulting in a payoff that's as unexpected as it is satisfying. A cracking sci-fi brainteaser."
‑ John Dunning, Little White Lies
"A clever idea that could have worked as a novella, the urban-fantasy-cum-sci-fier Franklyn doesn't cut it by the bigscreen rulebook."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Franklyn is puzzling in a way some may think tiresome and others intriguing. Gerald McMorrow, whose first feature this is, has talent, but just as he starts tying up the loose ends, the film unravels."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Marks McMorrow as a director to watch, one unafraid of taking risks and going against the grain of the British film industry. It's not for everyone, but surrender to the limitless ambition and off-kilter tone and it's an engaging 100 minutes."
‑ Joe Utichi, IGN Movies UK
"It's a convoluted piece of storytelling that repays more on a visual level than on a logical one. But you can't fault its ambition and imagination."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"The attempts to compress so many themes into such a short space of time end up making Franklyn seem like it's leapt from the imagination of Garth Marenghi. Ultimately, McMorrow's over-ambitious debut is a beautiful mess."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"Ultimately it doesn't quite work, but along the way it is easy to be somewhat sucked in, especially by Eva Green's suicidal artist and Sam Riley's emotionally shattered dreamer"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"If ambition and flair were the only hallmarks of a five-star film then Franklyn would be top of the class."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"An admirably non-formulaic drama, which manages to reconcile the opposed British film traditions of contemporary, realistic, low-key character drama with eccentric, flamboyant, Gothic fantasy. It certainly marks out McMorrow as a talent to watch."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"He is aiming high. And yet, to use a recondite and specialist critical term, this film is massively up itself."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"You have to give the debut director his due for an absurdly ambitious attempt to do something genuinely different in an age cursed with tired formula and dollar-obsessed convention."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
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