As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

James Franco writes, directs and stars in this adaptation of William Faulkner’s classic 1930 novel about the death of a mother, and her family’s quest to honour her wish to be buried in the town of Jefferson. Franco plays the lead son Darl, co-starring with Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln) and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express).

2013Rating: RP13110 minsUSA
Drama

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As I Lay Dying / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Franco offers up a competently acted, technically adequate Cliff Notes take on Faulkner's narratively refracted tale of dirt-poor Mississippi folk in mourning.

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Time Out

Time Out

The past may never be done with us, but Lord, do we wish Franco was done with our literary heritage.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Conveys some of Faulkner's themes, and the details of the Bundren family story, with clarity and concision.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Franco can chalk up a qualified but distinct success, and another chapter in what is becoming a very notable career.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Franco doesn't answer the elemental question posed by any literary adaptation: Why does this movie exist?

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A startlingly effective adaptation of William Faulkner's challenging novel by James Franco.

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