Maladies (2014)

A daring new film from internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Carter, MALADIES charts the struggles of an unstable former soap opera star (James Franco) in 1960's New York as he tries to restart his floundering creative career.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 21, 2014
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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

A mess that will no doubt meet a merciful box office death.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Overrated, overexposed and overindulgent, James Franco is all over the place, like cow chips in the abandoned pasture of a derelict farm.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

The only thing more notable than Maladies's pretentiousness is how harmless that pretentiousness feels.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask).

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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice

The social construction of illness is certainly a worthy topic, but Carter situates his characters far from any semblance of a plot and even further from his heart.

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Jessica Kiang
The Playlist

...we basically wanted to punch the film in the face.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

It courts pretension with blithe disregard at every turn.

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Guy Lodge

[A] precious, pointless exercise in designer neurosis from mononymic artist-turned-filmmaker Carter.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This is Franco's second directorial collaboration with the artiste who goes by the name of Carter, and hopefully they won't push their luck further.

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