The Color of Time
The Color of Time (2014)

James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, and Zach Braff star in this dramatic and inventive look at the life and work of ionic Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams. Williams (Franco) has a beautiful, adoring wife (Kunis) and a young… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 27, 2015
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"The Color of Time" is an odd bird in that its 12 cooks don't necessarily spoil the broth. The problem is that they leave it as broth.

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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club

Franco makes a lot of art, both good and bad. But no one provides a bolder example of the vanishing lines that used to separate movie stars, fringe artists, and working actors.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

This dreamlike film, directed by twelve graduate students from New York University, fails to make celebrated American poet C.K. Williams much more than a mildly interesting daydream. Despite its top acting talent, it even inspires a deeper sleep.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

The film is too sincere an expression of admiration for this poet's work to feel pretentious, but it's like a music video for the poems, often literal in its biographical readings.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

The uniformity of its languorous, lens-flared visuals may wear on all but the most ardent Terrence Malick devotees, many of whom, I suspect, are also grad students.

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Sarah Winshall
Under the Radar

The Color of Time serves as a reminder that literalizing and adapting poetry for the screen is usually not a good idea.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A cool concept, and A for effort.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Another in a growing line of pretentious James Franco disasters nobody will ever see.

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Travis Hopson

Probably should have stayed in the classroom.

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