Maladies Synopsis
A successful actor retires at a young age and lives in a small town with his deranged sister.
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The A.V. Club

By Mike D'Angelo
All of the actors, including Franco, do excellent work, given the limitations imposed upon them by a scenario that doesn’t make a whole lot...
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40

The Dissolve

By Chris Klimek
A ponderous, self-important character study swimming with red herrings.
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40

Film.com

Maladies is at least watchable, though just barely.
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40

The Guardian

By Andrew Pulver
This is basically a studied and serious film, but there's a feyness to its tone, and a lethargy to its pacing that make it difficult to...
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38

Slant Magazine

By Wes Greene
It borders on parody as it tries to portray its hero as martyrdom-bound genius, which makes the film feel as if it was made by Franco's...
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38

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It borders on parody as it tries to portray its hero as martyrdom-bound genius, which makes the film feel as if it was made by Franco's...
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33

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
It only ever connects in the small moments that fall through the cracks of the supposed formal and thematic experimentation—when the fine...
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30

Village Voice

By Inkoo Kang
The social construction of illness is certainly a worthy topic, but Carter situates his characters far from any semblance of a plot and...
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30

Variety

By Guy Lodge
It’s hard for the audience to invest in a protagonist this solipsistic.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
[A] tedious cinematic exercise.
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This film had me thinking for days

By maclainnelson
A sure way to gauge if a film has merit is if it keeps you thinking about it after you leave the theater. I was lucky enough to see this film last year at SXSW and although it was not at all what I...