Maladies (2014)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 21, 2014
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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

A mess that will no doubt meet a merciful box office death.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

It courts pretension with blithe disregard at every turn.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

For what it's worth, there's nothing outrageously awful about the film... It's just utterly bland.

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Sheila O'Malley

"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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Overrated, overexposed and overindulgent, James Franco is all over the place, like cow chips in the abandoned pasture of a derelict farm.

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Carmen Gray
Screen International

Despite its big-name cast (Catherine Keener is on impressive form), most viewers will find it an impossibly pretentious, drifting picture that, while brimful of pseudo-philosophising, lacks substance where it matters.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask).

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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice

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.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

The only thing more notable than Maladies's pretentiousness is how harmless that pretentiousness feels.

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