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The Broken Tower

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About the Movie

From Focus Features, the premiere global brand in original and daring cinema, comes FOCUS WORLD. Charged with finding the most exciting voices in international and independent film, Focus World is proud to bring you THE BROKEN TOWER, from writer / director James Franco. Hart Crane was one of the most important voices in American poetry - but lived a life with as much turmoil as passion. From his early life to his journeys from New York, Cuba, and Paris, Crane's story and that of the loves that defined him is told with imaginative empathy, and with a no holds barred performance - in a film as introspective, rebellious, heartbreaking, and honest as Crane himself.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Despite earnest attempts, Mr. Franco can't bring the fervency of Crane's poetry to life in the extensive recitations. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Apr 26, 2012

Rotten: Though clearly besotted with Crane's poetry, the writer-director-star never achieves full immersion in the man's life or work; the sense is of people playing a very cerebral game of dress-up. – John Anderson, Variety, Apr 23, 2012

Rotten: Not a heady experience like many of the semi-experimental 1960s films he emulates. Instead, it's mostly a tedious chore, much akin to listening poetry you don't much like. – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 23, 2011

Rotten: Sincere, amateurish, and misguided. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Apr 24, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Why am I just now hearing about this?

I think James Franco is brilliant. I will watch anything this dork is in.

James Franco

Why is this movie being made available to rent and buy in conjunction with its theatrical release, you ask? Because it's flat-out terrible, because James Franco CANNOT WRITE, CANNOT DIRECT, and definitely CANNOT ACT (James Franco is a terrible actor. Watching him in Spider Man was actually painful.), and so the plan is to get your money out of you as quickly as possible--before you know what's going on--while this movie has the cheap appeal of novelty.

Takes you outside of yourself.

If you have an artistic bent you will no doubt find this movie visceral, existential, and important. Franco is proving himself an artistic force. I personally don't understand the naysayers but that is only testament to the polarizing nature of art. I was mesmerized by the visuals, stimulated by the poetry, generally entertained, and moved on a profound level. This movie is not for everybody, but will absolutely connect with the right sort of person. I found myself comparing it to Tree of Life.

The Broken Tower
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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