Broken Tower
Broken Tower (2012)

From Focus World and director/star James Franco, a film about visionary poet Hart Crane, who lived a life of beauty, passion, and tragedy. Hart Crane was one of the most important voices in American poetry - but lived a life with as much… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 26, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

You should be prepared for some high-minded pretension, lots of self-consciously arty shots, and long stretches of apparently profound nothingness.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It's a pensive and heartfelt movie, assuming that you let yourself get caught up in its moody-minimalist, more-visual-than-verbal style.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Ah, James Franco: actor, director, writer, conceptual artist, soap opera star! What can't he do? Answer: Make a cohesive, coherent film about a great American writer.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

The technique - and this movie is about nothing if not technique, both Crane's and the filmmaker's - isn't particularly successful.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The Broken Tower feels unique as a young man's tribute to an adventuresome, doomed soul.

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Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

James Franco's film is tonally flat and a little too impressed with its own elliptical construction.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Despite earnest attempts, Mr. Franco can't bring the fervency of Crane's poetry to life in the extensive recitations.

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Sincere, amateurish, and misguided.

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Chris Weber
This look at the brief life of troubled American poet Hart Crane is a real one-man show as its star James Franco also serves as writer, director, producer, and… More
Matt Goodman
Hart Crane: We all know life is a dance of death, but we can still make something of it. The Broken Tower had a noble premise surrounding the short life of… More
William Dunmyer
I'm always amazed when films made about intellectuals have little to no intellectual content. The starkness of that contrast startles and befuddles me… More
Walter M.
With the pretentious drivel of a biopic of poet Hart Crane(James Franco), "The Broken Tower," Franco, as writer and director, confirms what everybody… More
Pedro Holanda
<i>The Truth is Indecent.</i> <b>Fail</b> This is James Franco's failed attempt in directing, producing and acting. In this… More