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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. Hoping to find clarity and new purpose as a writer, he holes up with his eccentric sister (Fallon Goodson) at the seaside home of their best friend (Catherine Keener). But as he disappears further into his own mind, reality begins to slip through his grasp. Featuring an award-winning ensemble, including David Strathairn and Alan Cumming, MALADIES is a heartfelt… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A mess that will no doubt meet a merciful box office death."
‑ Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"Overrated, overexposed and overindulgent, James Franco is all over the place, like cow chips in the abandoned pasture of a derelict farm."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The only thing more notable than Maladies's pretentiousness is how harmless that pretentiousness feels."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
""Maladies" remains on too low a boil to communicate any sense of stakes for the various characters. It seems to be trying to say something about creativity, and living one's life on one's own terms, but it's a muddle."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
"Maladies briefly impersonates a queasy comedy about the hilarity of mental illness [...] then morphs into [a] sketchpad full of storytelling devices Carter wanted to try, regardless of whether they're suited to the story he's telling."
‑ Chris Klimek, The Dissolve
"A pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask)."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Village Voice
"...we basically wanted to punch the film in the face."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"If there's any point to be made it's lost in a sea of meaningless quirk masking as profundity."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"It borders on parody as it tries to portray its hero as martyrdom-bound genius, which makes the film feel as if it was made by Franco's vain, art-fetishizing character from This Is the End."
‑ Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
"It courts pretension with blithe disregard at every turn."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"[A] precious, pointless exercise in designer neurosis from mononymic artist-turned-filmmaker Carter."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"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."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Ultimately it adds to the eternally ongoing cinematic conversation about artists and the quirks (healthy and otherwise) that define them."
‑ Shannon M. Houston, Paste Magazine
"Is it anything more than a vanity project? It's hard to see it any other way."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
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