Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11

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  1. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Sep 14, 2012
    At times Francine feels like a documentary as well, an intimate observational work in the mode of Frederick Wiseman or the Maysles brothers, where the omnipresence of the camera puts the characters so at ease that they reveal subtle moments of character that they might otherwise hide out of self-consciousness.
  2. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 12, 2012
    Francine is so minimalist that it has to rely almost entirely on Leo for solidity, and it would be a far stronger film if it supported and framed her more effectively.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 11, 2012
    Reveals itself to be a project of few interesting ideas.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Sep 11, 2012
    In a character study of an ex-con who gives her heart and mind to animals rather than people, Melissa Leo's risky performance is ultimately framed with a disappointing, distanced pity.

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