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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A minimalist, image-based character study that is almost impossibly fragile and yet emotionally robust, Francine is a legitimate discovery. show more

  • 60
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    At times Francine feels like a documentary as well, an intimate observational work in the mode of Frederick Wiseman or the Maysles brothers, where the omnipresence of the camera puts the characters so at ease that they reveal subtle moments of character that they might otherwise hide out of self-consciousness. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Melissa Leo plays her without inflection, giving us no instructions about what our opinion should be. It is a brave performance, an act of empathy with a sad woman. show more

  • 50
    Bill Weber Slant Magazine

    In a character study of an ex-con who gives her heart and mind to animals rather than people, Melissa Leo's risky performance is ultimately framed with a disappointing, distanced pity. show more

  • 38
    New York Post

    What with the unexciting hand-held camerawork, and the off-putting script and lead performance, Francine remains as frustrating as its inscrutable title character. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The movie might very well have come off as a too-clinical experiment if it weren't for Leo, who maintains a rivetingly mysterious aura even as her character's behavior becomes increasingly bizarre. show more

  • 67
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    While Francine distinguishes itself with atmospheric strangeness, Cassidy and Shatzky never create a satisfying whole. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    A small gem of bleak, neorealist portraiture. show more

  • 70
    Justin Chang Variety

    A glum but tenderly observed micro-portrait of a woman struggling to re-enter society after being released from prison. show more

  • 50
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Reveals itself to be a project of few interesting ideas. show more

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