Kyle Anderson
August 15, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Frank

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/15/14
performer
Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
director
Lenny Abrahamson
distributor
Magnolia Pictures
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Office drone Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) struggles to write songs and lacks inspiration until he gets swept into the orbit of oddball bandleader and mental-hospital veteran Frank (Michael Fassbender). Based loosely on the life of Frank Sidebottom, a British cult character who always wore a fiberglass head atop his own, Frank begins as a whimsical fairy tale, then turns into a harrowing but redemptive outsider adventure. With the soulful Gleeson and a sweetly menacing Fassbender (under a giant helmet-head) at its center, the movie never loses its acerbic edge or its oversize heart. A-

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