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James Dean Reviews

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May 11, 2020
There's no joy in noting that it sometimes plays like a parody of a James Dean movie.
May 11, 2020
For Freaks & Geeks' James Franco, James Dean is a major breakthrough. He not only looks like him, but his mannerisms and his whole persona are startlingly real. This movie rests on his thin, hunched shoulders, and he carries it off.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 11, 2020
Sure, you get the rebellious side of the man... All the legendary stuff. But you also get a morose portrait of a man twisted and torn, self-destructive but fiercely vulnerable. Any fan should catch this flick.
May 11, 2020
Franco's metamorphosis into Dean ranks as one of the great TV performances of the year. And it would have been enough to earn James Dean a rave, but it's only one of several performances that set this movie apart.
May 11, 2020
The movie itself is rarely adventurous, but it could prompt viewers to watch the actual Dean performances again. Credit for that would go mainly to Franco, who excels at playing this odd, conflicted figure.
May 11, 2020
Sick of movie-star biopics? Then there's little to change your mind in this one... It's worth seeing, though, because James Franco uncannily channels the sulky, sexy, short-lived heartthrob.
May 11, 2020
As a biopic, James Dean is a laudable contribution to the genre, though lapses into TV movie-of-the-week conventions take the edge off what could have been a wholly compelling movie.
July 22, 2003
...entertaining, in a movie-of-the-week sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2018
It's a hushed project that finds its grandeur in the cinematic approach from director of photography Robbie Greenberg, who gives pic the look of a bigscreen rather than a television project.
May 11, 2020
James Dean is an unusually intelligent job that benefits from the relative modesty of its production and straightforward direction.
February 5, 2018
... a well-done docudrama starring James Franco from Freaks and Geeks...
May 11, 2020
Even those of us who suspected that Franco had a great performance in him couldn't have imagined it would be this great... In his spectacular, heartfelt performance, Franco walks Dean's walk and feels his pain.
May 11, 2020
Re-creates Dean's life and times with what might be called stunning adequacy... Franco's performance is easily the best thing in the movie, conveying Dean's essence and angst without ever becoming a mere impersonation.
May 11, 2020
Franco could have walked through the role and done a passable Dean, but instead gets under the skin of this insecure, rootless young man.
May 11, 2020
James Franco is so Deansian, it's scary. The life story of the rebel without a cause has been shaped by fact and presumption into a startlingly enthralling drama.
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