James Franco

Biography: Nuance meets brooding intensity in the form of Franco, who was the inspired choice to play a handsome loner in the 1999-2000 cult dramedy Freaks and Geeks. Although the series lacked longevity, the actor stuck around, further crystallizing his appeal in the teen flicks Never Been Kissed and Whatever It Takes (and sharing a now-defunct romance with the latter film's costar, Marla Sokoloff). Franco's star rose in the early 2000s when he earned an Emmy nod and a Golden Globe award for his deft channeling of a late legend in the 2001 TV biopic James Dean and won solid reviews as a whimpering rich kid in the Spider-Man films. Wary of becoming a teen idol, Franco purposefully took on diverse projects that didn't necessarily cast him as the hero (or even antihero) and branched out into writing and directing four films (including The Ape) in the mid-to-late 2000s. In unusual career maneuvering in 2009, he dove into the daytime-soap realm by starring in General Hospital, playing aNuance meets brooding intensity in the form of Franco, who was the inspired choice to play a handsome loner in the 1999-2000 cult dramedy Freaks and Geeks. Although the series lacked longevity, the actor stuck around, further crystallizing his appeal in the teen flicks Never Been Kissed and Whatever It Takes (and sharing a now-defunct romance with the latter film's costar, Marla Sokoloff). Franco's star rose in the early 2000s when he earned an Emmy nod and a Golden Globe award for his deft channeling of a late legend in the 2001 TV biopic James Dean and won solid reviews as a whimpering rich kid in the Spider-Man films. Wary of becoming a teen idol, Franco purposefully took on diverse projects that didn't necessarily cast him as the hero (or even antihero) and branched out into writing and directing four films (including The Ape) in the mid-to-late 2000s. In unusual career maneuvering in 2009, he dove into the daytime-soap realm by starring in General Hospital, playing a reclusive and enigmatic artist. Off screen, he returned to college as an adult, earning his degree from the University of California at age 30 in 2008, then furthering his education with studies at Columbia University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2010. Franco is also an artist whose work has been featured in gallery exhibits. Expand

James Franco's Scores

Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 84 Milk
Lowest Metascore: 10 Future World
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 72
  2. Negative: 19 out of 72
72 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
28 Arctic Dogs Nov 1, 2019 Lemmy 3.8
14 The Pretenders Oct 4, 2019 Director / Maxwell tbd
28 Zeroville Sep 20, 2019 Director / Vikar 3.8
63 Don't Come Back from the Moon Jan 18, 2019 Producer / Roman Smalley tbd
79 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Nov 9, 2018 Cowboy (Segment "Near Algodones") / (Segment "Near Algodones") / Cowboy (Segment "Near Algodones") 7.5
35 Kin Aug 31, 2018 Principal Cast / Taylor Balik 4.9
10 Future World May 25, 2018 Director / Producer / Principal Cast / Warlord 3.0
76 The Disaster Artist Dec 1, 2017 Director / Director / Producer / Producer / Tommy Wiseau / Tommy Wiseau / Tommy Wiseau / Tommy Wiseau / Tommy/'Johnny' / Tommy/'Johnny' tbd
tbd Obey Giant: The Art & Dissent of Shepard Fairey Nov 11, 2017 Executive Producer tbd
tbd The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Oct 27, 2017 Executive Producer / Conrad tbd
35 The Show Sep 15, 2017 Principal Cast tbd
50 The Vault Sep 1, 2017 Ed Maas / Ed Maas 3.6
65 Alien: Covenant May 19, 2017 Branson 5.8
39 Queen of the Desert Apr 7, 2017 Henry Cadogan 4.3
tbd The Institute Mar 3, 2017 Director / Executive Producer / Dr. Cairn 4.7
43 In Dubious Battle Feb 17, 2017 Director / Producer / Mac / Mac McLeod / Mac 6.9
56 I Am Michael Jan 27, 2017 Producer / Michael Glatze 5.5
39 Why Him? Dec 23, 2016 Executive Producer / Cast / Laird / Laird Mayhew 6.8
60 Burn Country Dec 9, 2016 Lindsay 5.5
48 King Cobra Oct 21, 2016 Producer / Joe 6.0
64 Goat Sep 23, 2016 Producer / Mitch 7.3
66 Sausage Party Aug 12, 2016 Cast / Druggie / Toast 5.6
70 The Little Prince Aug 5, 2016 The Fox 7.6
42 The Adderall Diaries Apr 15, 2016 Producer / Producer / Stephen Elliott / Stephen Elliott 6.7
tbd Memoria Apr 8, 2016 Executive Producer / Executive Producer / Mr. Wyckoff / Mr. Wyckoff 5.8
59 Yosemite Jan 1, 2016 Executive Producer / Phil / Phil 7.0
32 Every Thing Will Be Fine Dec 4, 2015 Tomas Eldan tbd
58 The Night Before Nov 20, 2015 James Franco / James Franco tbd
38 The Sound and the Fury Oct 23, 2015 Director / Benjy Compson tbd
44 Wild Horses Jun 5, 2015 Ben Briggs / Ben Briggs 4.6