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As I Lay Dying

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Released 2013

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Director:
James Franco
Released:
2013
Rating:
R
Based on the acclaimed American novel by William Faulkner, AS I LAY DYING follows a family through their turmoil-filled journey to bring their mother to her gravesite.

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  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Franco, employing diverse cinematic techniques from split screen (mostly early on) to direct-to-camera address, makes the Bundrens' time of trial more immediately coherent than it ...

  • 63

    Slant Magazine

    James Franco's readiness in approaching famously abstract source material certainly doesn't translate well into his directorial formalism, or, more appropriately, lack of formalism.

  • 60

    The Guardian Peter Bradshaw

    Franco's As I Lay Dying is a worthwhile movie, approached in an intelligent and creative spirit. The ensemble work from the actors is generally very strong, with a star turn from N...

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