As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying (2013)

Directed by Oscar-nominated James Franco from a screenplay by James Franco and Matt Rager, As I Lay Dying is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 27, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kyle Smith
New York Post

I don't pretend to have a clue how to adapt William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" for the screen, but unlike James Franco, I, at least, didn't try.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Like Franco's other directorial efforts, it ends up coming across as an academic art object, somewhere halfway between a graduate thesis and a video installation-interesting, but only in context.

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

As I Lay Dying tries to adapt the impossible, but unfortunately it is bested by Faulkner's weighty source material.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

As a whole ... "As I Lay Dying" conveys some of Faulkner's themes, and the details of the Bundren family story, with clarity and concision.

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Catherine Bray
Time Out

Faulkner fans... need not be up in arms about this version of his Nobel Prize winner.

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Chris Sawin

Some of the filming techniques are overused and the monologues are a bit too circuitous, but As I Lay Dying has the ability to be quite striking at times and its impulsive structure can be viewed as both an asset and a defect.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

It remains to be seen whether James Franco can live up to his outsized ambitions.

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David Fear
Time Out

The past may never be done with us, but Lord, do we wish Franco was done with our literary heritage.

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Justin Stewart
Film Comment Magazine

A qualified, perfectly respectable success

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As their mother dies, a family journeys across the county to bury her. Dear James Franco, Stop. Thanks, Jim While adapting William Faulkner's… More
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