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: Roger Ebert
    Nov 7, 2012
    Melissa Leo plays her without inflection, giving us no instructions about what our opinion should be. It is a brave performance, an act of empathy with a sad woman.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 12, 2012
    A small gem of bleak, neorealist portraiture.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 11, 2012
    The movie might very well have come off as a too-clinical experiment if it weren't for Leo, who maintains a rivetingly mysterious aura even as her character's behavior becomes increasingly bizarre.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 11, 2012
    A minimalist, image-based character study that is almost impossibly fragile and yet emotionally robust, Francine is a legitimate discovery.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Sep 11, 2012
    A glum but tenderly observed micro-portrait of a woman struggling to re-enter society after being released from prison.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 11, 2012
    While Francine distinguishes itself with atmospheric strangeness, Cassidy and Shatzky never create a satisfying whole.

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