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Pretenders (2019)

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In PRETENDERS, life imitates deadly arts as a French New Wave obsessed film student, Terry, finds his muse in mysterious and beguiling actress, Catherine. Both Terry and his best friend, Phil, fall under the spell of this beautiful woman. But they soon realize that the more time they spend with her, the more enigmatic she becomes. After years of sex, betrayal, and collateral damage, the three end up in a dangerous situation that leaves one of them fighting for his life.

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Is this a film about bohemian artists or a parody of a film about bohemian artists? Because if we're supposed to take this laughably trite and sexist claptrap seriously, one has to laugh.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It descends into several discrete modes of misogyny.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Flat-footed performances, a shoddy script, sloppy filmmaking and faux-clever homages to directors like Godard, Truffaut and Bertolucci that will probably only entice viewers in, well, the first year of film school, should they happen to see it.

June 27, 2019 | Full Review…

It's skillful enough to tickle the mind and the emotions but not effective enough to fully engage them.

June 27, 2019 | Full Review…
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... as shallow as its characters, who aren't worthy of our emotional investment.

November 29, 2019 | Full Review…

James Franco's love triangle is clearly enamored of film history and the French New Wave, and that enthusiasm helps somewhat, but the characters never really come to life or connect with one another.

October 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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