Maladies

Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 8 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 20, 2014
    58
    All of the actors, including Franco, do excellent work, given the limitations imposed upon them by a scenario that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Were he a struggling up-and-comer rather than a movie star, the perception of an ambitious misfire like this one would probably be quite different. It’s not a good movie, but it deserves better than mockery.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Mar 21, 2014
    50
    Despite some game acting (and one truly superb moment from David Strathairn), Maladies remains on too low a boil to communicate any sense of stakes for the various characters. It seems to be trying to say something about creativity, and living one's life on one's own terms, but it's a muddle.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Mar 20, 2014
    40
    A ponderous, self-important character study swimming with red herrings.
  4. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    Mar 19, 2014
    40
    Maladies is at least watchable, though just barely.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    Jan 21, 2014
    40
    This is basically a studied and serious film, but there's a feyness to its tone, and a lethargy to its pacing that make it difficult to warm to, even if the principal actors give it their all.

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