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Frank

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United Kingdom, Ireland

2014

Rated R • 1h 35m

Director Lenny Abrahamson

Starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson, Scoot McNairy

Genre Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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By fate, Jon, a young wannabe musician, finds himself involved with an eccentric pop band. Most of the band members reject Jon, but he is welcomed in by Frank --- an enigmatic man who wears a papier-mâché mask over his head. As Jon enters into this strange situation, he learns to understand Frank and his troubled mind.

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80

Empire by Damon Wise

Dreams of rock stardom become a warped reality in this barking-mad but affecting comedy about the side-effects of being a non-conformist genius.
60

CineVue by Daniel Green

With Frank, Abrahamson cultivates a mystical hour of prog-based shenanigans before he - and his film - begin to lose their collective heads in a muddled final third.
75

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Though more in love with its silliness than the insights buried inside them, Frank works to amusingly irreverent effect when combining the two.
80

The Guardian by Henry Barnes

For a film that champions talent that takes risks, Frank can sometimes feel a little too conventional. The real Sidebottom's wayward genius would be a hard fit for any story arc, but Frank does a good job of dipping into surrealism and pop in equal measure.
60

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

If you'll pardon the cleverness, Frank takes time to wrap your own cranium around, faults and all, and that's a wonderful thing.
80

Variety by Peter Debruge

Helmer Lenny Abrahamson (“Garage,” “Adam & Paul”) puts the pic’s eccentricity to good use, luring in skeptics with jokey surrealism and delivering them to a profoundly moving place.
75

Slant Magazine by R. Kurt Osenlund

The film boldly raises the unanswerable question of whether it's better for an artist to safely isolate his work or tweak it a bit so as to share it with the world.

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