• Released
  • September 12, 2012
  • 1 hr 14 min
  • Drama
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Francine Synopsis
Francine is unable to regain a foothold in society and turns to animals for comfort.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Melissa Leo plays her without inflection, giving us no instructions about what our opinion should be. It is a brave performance, an act of...
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
The movie might very well have come off as a too-clinical experiment if it weren't for Leo, who maintains a rivetingly mysterious aura even...
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80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
A small gem of bleak, neorealist portraiture.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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A minimalist, image-based character study that is almost impossibly fragile and yet emotionally robust, Francine is a legitimate discovery.
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70

Variety

By Justin Chang
A glum but tenderly observed micro-portrait of a woman struggling to re-enter society after being released from prison.
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67

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
While Francine distinguishes itself with atmospheric strangeness, Cassidy and Shatzky never create a satisfying whole.
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60

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
At times Francine feels like a documentary as well, an intimate observational work in the mode of Frederick Wiseman or the Maysles...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
In a character study of an ex-con who gives her heart and mind to animals rather than people, Melissa Leo's risky performance is ultimately...
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50

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Reveals itself to be a project of few interesting ideas.
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38

New York Post

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What with the unexciting hand-held camerawork, and the off-putting script and lead performance, Francine remains as frustrating as its...
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