Franklyn (2008)

Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic metropolis of Meanwhile City, "Franklyn" weaves a tale of four lost souls, whose lives are intertwined by fate, romance and tragedy. As these worlds… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 16, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gerald McMorrow's bold debut is a complex and ambitious film that highlights the director's potential, but its multi-layered story takes time to develop and might be frustrating for some.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

'Franklyn' has conceptual boldness and visual imagination that set it apart from the pack.

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Edward Porter
Times (UK)

Franklyn is wonky and self-defeating: there are lots of gauche moments. Still, it's entertaining, and commendable for its strangeness.

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Richard Edwards
SFX Magazine

Look past the odd shortcoming in the storytelling, and there's a brave movie here, one that's prepared to tackle some weighty issues about religion and obsession.

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Derek Elley

A clever idea that could have worked as a novella, the urban-fantasy-cum-sci-fier Franklyn doesn't cut it by the bigscreen rulebook.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Franklyn is puzzling in a way some may think tiresome and others intriguing. Gerald McMorrow, whose first feature this is, has talent, but just as he starts tying up the loose ends, the film unravels.

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Joe Utichi
IGN Movies UK

Marks McMorrow as a director to watch, one unafraid of taking risks and going against the grain of the British film industry. It's not for everyone, but surrender to the limitless ambition and off-kilter tone and it's an engaging 100 minutes.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Ultimately it doesn't quite work, but along the way it is easy to be somewhat sucked in, especially by Eva Green's suicidal artist and Sam Riley's emotionally shattered dreamer

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

If ambition and flair were the only hallmarks of a five-star film then Franklyn would be top of the class.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

An admirably non-formulaic drama, which manages to reconcile the opposed British film traditions of contemporary, realistic, low-key character drama with eccentric, flamboyant, Gothic fantasy. It certainly marks out McMorrow as a talent to watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
McMorrow takes a bold shot in his directing debut, making an ambitious film that has a very original idea, but the problem is that the plot begins so complex… More
It's not groundbreaking but it is interesting. I really liked the Meanwhile City sets and costumes. And the score wasn't too bad.
Dean King
A very strange, surreal film with great visuals for the fantasyland at least. The only problem you have to wait a long time before you get any idea of what is… More
Dean McKenna
This shuffles together a fantastical, comic-bookish vision of life in the strange world of Meanwhile City and runs it parallel to a story set in present-day… More
Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, Sam Riley, Bernard Hill, Jay Fuller, Art Malik, Kika Markham, Gary Pillai, Susannah York Director: Gerald McMorrow… More
JY Skacto
Gerald McMorrow's drama thriller, <i>Franklyn</i>, is a bit of a mixed bag.<p>There are multiple subplots to this picture. One is told… More