Owen Gleiberman
April 27, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Broken Tower

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
109 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/27/12
performer
James Franco, Michael Shannon
director
James Franco
distributor
Focus
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

If you’ve been curious about James Franco’s career as a grad student, you now have the chance to see his 2011 New York University master’s thesis. (What’s next, the release of his English term papers?) The Broken Tower is an art biopic about the turbulent 1920s American poet Hart Crane, starring Franco. And — surprise — it’s a pensive and heartfelt movie, assuming that you let yourself get caught up in its moody-minimalist, more-visual-than-verbal style. Crane, a Beat poet before his time, emerges as the missing link between T.S. Eliot and Allen Ginsberg. (Also on VOD) B-

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