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3.3
1,854 Ratings

Frank

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
United Kingdom, Ireland, 2014
Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Synopsis

An offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.

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Frank Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
The film, co-written by Peter Straughan and Sievey’s former bandmate (and author in his own right) Jon Ronson, revives the character only to reimagine its backstory significantly. The resulting film is often inspired—an ultimately moving portrait of an artist conflicted about fielding an audience, and an impressively sustained look through the keyhole at how genius works.
August 13, 2014
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Fassbender turns out to be strangely perfect for the part. Not unlike Tom Hardy, who had to spend practically almost all of The Dark Knight Rises with most of his face covered, he can work wonders with his sheer physical presence — not just with how he moves, but also with how he stands still. Frank at times seems like a dynamo of random, freewheeling energy, and other times like a puppet, waiting to be moved…
August 15, 2014
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Frank is the ultra-stealth, anti-Begin Again. Whereas the latter mocked commercial formula while hypocritically sticking to one, this movie upends seemingly traditional elements to explore them through an oblique lens. It is itself a bit of a disarming, resurrected Humpty Dumpty—an oddly endearing collection of disparate pieces put back together again as an abstract artwork.
August 11, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Frank

    Underneath the quirky exterior, far beyond the fake-out trailer and marketing of this film as a comedy (it isn't), lies a deeply sensitive film about the pain of being an artist.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Frank

    An indie music satire about the dangers of worshiping the romanticized ideal of a damaged outsider artist. On this ground, it's surprisingly thoughtful and tender in the end. The finale, where we watch as the schizoid ramblings of a man in pain get turned to wonderful musical expression, is some kind of beautiful. These guys don't want the music industry, they just want to play. And thank god they can have it.

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Frank

    Pop, playfull and funny - Frank is one hell of a band movie. It plays along with indie-culture and delivers it! I was NOT expecting to be so amused by this film. Soundtrack on point and such a beautiful photopraphy work. Congrats!

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Frank

    Somewhere between 2 1/2 and 3 stars. Frank started off amazingly and legitimately had me cracking up but between the erratic shifts in tone (that 3rd act's a bitch) and mixed messages I got from the plot I just couldn't walk away excited about it. Fassbender was great and despite my lack of enthusiasm for Maggie Gyllenhaal she was actually good here.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Frank

    Fassbender is his generation's finest screen actor. With 'Frank' I expected a frothy performance in his mate's quirky indie flick, if only as a respite from his heavier roles. But he proves that even papier maché cannot hide his charisma and pathos - his Frank is as tortured a soul as cinema has ever seen, and the tonal shift in the final act make this not a footnote in his resumé, but a genuine highlight. (4.5)

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Frank

    Far from memorable, but still enjoyable to watch. The film is better in its darkest moments... It's a cool representation for how frustrating can be not being able to leave the shadow of someone you idolise and finding your own voice. Fassbender's Frank and Gyllenhaal's Clara are scene stealers.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Frank

    At feature length 'Frank' unfortunately stalls out at mid-point despite an interesting setup and characters. As much as a film about mental illness as it is performance it seems to almost be a veiled version of the Daniel Johnston story. Most interesting is the casting and the fact that cast members did perform all the music on display here. The recording sequences are great but once the 'road movie' kicks in ....

  • NICOLE86's rating of the film Frank

    This film was marketed as a quirky indie comedy and its actually more than that. Its a wonderful satire of mental illness and artistry and how capitalism and people try and to profit from it. It did fall flat at times but Fassbender's brilliant performance made me over look it.

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