As I Lay Dying Synopsis
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 Mississippi...
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indieWIRE

The film seems to have been made to suggest something of Faulkner's style in a cinematic medium, and it's certainly laudable that there...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Franco, employing diverse cinematic techniques from split screen (mostly early on) to direct-to-camera address, makes the Bundrens’ time of...
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70

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
In rushing in where wise men might fear to tread, Mr. Franco has accomplished something serious and worthwhile. His As I Lay Dying is...
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Slant Magazine

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James Franco's readiness in approaching famously abstract source material certainly doesn't translate well into his directorial formalism,...
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60

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
Franco's As I Lay Dying is a worthwhile movie, approached in an intelligent and creative spirit. The ensemble work from the actors is...
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Variety

By Leslie Felperin
Franco offers up a competently acted, technically adequate Cliff Notes take on Faulkner’s narratively refracted tale of dirt-poor...
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The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
As I Lay Dying is another Franco lark that is more of an experiment with form than a fully realized movie. One almost gets the sense that...
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The Dissolve

By Sam Adams
Putting Faulkner’s dialogue in actors’ mouths only underlines the fact that it was never meant to be read aloud, and simply cutting between...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Alas, the split-screen compositions, slow-motion effects, pensive closeups and prosthetic teeth can’t distract from what’s missing:...
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Village Voice

By Chris Packham
Franco adapted a book that often reads like joyless homework into a film that feels the same way.
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Rated R | For Brief Nudity, Some Sexual Content and Disturbing Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Franco's dark, strange, but appealing Faulkner adaptation.
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