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Frankie Reviews

Top Critic
February 11, 2020
Taking a role designed to collapse the divide between performer and character as opportunity to uncover new levels on naturalism, Huppert offers another beautifully modulated turn in a part that is primarily reactive.
November 8, 2019
Sachs manages this day in the life without cumbersome exposition thanks to the texture of this casting, all while keeping the disparate concerns of three generations moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2019
It's a little too late but it's also surpassingly lovely: an aching frame around the human muddle before we go home for good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2019
Alas, as whole, Frankie plays like one of Woody Allen's lesser, European-set films...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2019
[The] performances feel lived in, like they're actually friends meeting up for the fist time in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2019
"Frankie" never takes a risk, never explores the characters' problems in any meaningful way; it feels all surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2019
I feel like we've all seen this film [before], but they're all kind of enjoyable, like having a nice glass of rosť on a beautiful day.
October 28, 2019
[T]hanks to a superb cast and a welcome strain of comedic energy, "Frankie" turns out to be more than a pretty travelogue with melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2019
[Sachs's] insistent pictorial sensibility reveals its purpose and its power in a crescendo of visionary wonder, in a matched pair of concluding sequences.
October 25, 2019
A lovely if muted experience, in which moments of silence and tranquility communicate as much as the naturalistic dialogue.
Top Critic
October 24, 2019
Sachs builds a physical world so relentlessly clean, classy, and gorgeous it teeters on the edge of travelogue. But he fails to people it with characters we could care much for or about, so busy are they shilling for banal observations on life.
October 24, 2019
[A] film that whisks us away, showcases such a talented and eclectic array of performers, and reconfirms a singular filmmaker's affecting artistry.
October 24, 2019
Frankie, for all of its refusal to give into any kind of traditional narrative satisfaction, is rife with terrific little moments.
October 23, 2019
The plot of "Frankie," like so many of the characters, meanders, aimlessly at times, but like an expensive vacation, it's utterly lovely to experience and surprising when it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2019
A cast of excellent actors stand around looking tentative, delivering stilted lines in scenery whose beauty is perhaps meant to take up the expressive slack.
October 22, 2019
Sachs doesn't supply the neurotic wit that would make Frankie distinctive rather than just... nice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 11, 2019
Any film that wastes the great Isabelle Huppert is a crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 9, 2019
What a thorough pleasure to be in the company of Frankie, a film that feels like a sumptuous beach read on a lazy sunny afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2019
The customarily skillful Sachs here takes a frankly rarefied approach a little reminiscent of the Australian director Ben Hackworth -- framing the idyllic "natural" settings as if they were backdrops made for the actors to stand against.
Top Critic
May 24, 2019
The whole thing struck me as pleasant, nicely judged, and unremarkable, right up to a final shot so graceful and moving that it sent waves of poignancy backwards through the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 23, 2019
Frankie is proof that you can put brilliant actors in a beautiful setting and a film can still come out muddled.
May 21, 2019
The disparity between the easy-breezy locale's doctrine of R&R and the gravely existential story that unfolds there results in a peculiarly heavy slightness.
May 20, 2019
Alongside the magnetic Isabelle Huppert in a role that draws with equal grace from her well of dry humor, flinty intelligence, diva hauteur and internalized sorrow, there are affecting moments to savor also from... a solid ensemble cast.
May 20, 2019
Sachs is such a talented film-maker, but this is a baffling misstep.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 20, 2019
It's like an elegant bracelet that's modest enough to go unnoticed, but nevertheless reveals a quietly exquisite beauty to those who are willing to lean in and look closer (even if they have to squint).
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 20, 2019
"Frankie" may the closest that anyone has come to making an American version of an Eric Rohmer film.