Lawrence O'Toole
July 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Francesco

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Helena Bonham Carter, Mickey Rourke
director
Liliana Cavani
genre
Drama

We gave it a D

Mickey Rourke as Francis of Assisi — apparently the first saint to have had his own personal trainer — guided by S&M-friendly director Liliana Cavani of The Night Porter infamy. Regrettably, Francesco is not as deliciously awful as it promises. Mostly, the story of the founder of the Franciscan order, told in flashback by his followers, is a large yawn and is actually a little too respectful. The moral is clear: Piety plays no better on the small screen than it does on the big. D

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