Critics Are Saying ‘The Disaster Artist’ Is James Franco’s Best Movie Yet

Reviews for James Franco’s The Disaster Artist are in and they’re overwhelmingly positive. Based on the best-selling book by Greg Sestero, the movie explores the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult-classic disaster piece, The Room.

In just a few days, the film has already garnered a 94 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. James Franco’s performance, in particular, was praised, with critics calling it “his most iconic role.”

That said, not everyone was convinced with Franco’s telling of Wiseau’s story. The Observer, the Telegraph, and The New Yorker accused the film of being “sniggering” and not delving into the story with enough depth.

Browse a selection of critics reviews, and in case you missed it, the trailer for the film below.

Sincere and sporadically funny, The Disaster Artist is an endearing tribute to failing in Hollywood.

John Nugent , Empire Magazine

The Disaster Artist, which Franco directed and stars in, has to be one of the best and sweetest and funniest films about failure I’ve ever seen.

Taylor Antrim, Vogue

A sense of gnawing inadequacy is a universal feeling, and The Disaster Artist certainly mines the notion that there’s a little bit of the outsider in everybody – which is exactly the kind of magnanimity you’d expect.

Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

Even more impressively, Franco makes Wiseau, maybe the most unpleasant character he’s ever played, someone you genuinely root for in his demented quest for greatness.

Dana Stevens, Slate

Franco, who’s absolutely hysterical as the brooding, deluded Wiseau, leads a parade of familiar faces […] delivering a winning, Ed Wood-esque blend of comedy and pathos that could very well earn its own cult status

Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

Director James Franco’s enjoyable ode to the creative process – any creative process, really. It’s also one of Franco’s strongest roles as an actor, capturing every little quirk and quality of a definite eccentric.

Brian Truitt, USA Today

Franco hits a new career peak by making sure his film is as heartfelt as it is hilarious.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

The Disaster Artist is primarily a pedestal for the ultimate James Franco performance — it’s his Lincoln.

David Edelstein, Vulture

Just as Johnny Depp gave his career-best performance as Z-movie auteur Ed Wood, Franco achieves what could become his most iconic role.

Peter Debruge, Variety

Fans of The Room will find much to love here, but even if you’ve never heard of it, The Disaster Artist should delight.

David Sims, The Atlantic

This sweet, affectionate (and unapologetically slight) comedy is an all-too-rare homage to harmless, hilarious incompetence, at a time when there is plenty of the more hurtful kind to go around.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Mr. Franco recreates the production of “The Room” – and the escalating behind-the-scenes nuttiness – with an assured, energetic touch …

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

It’s The Room with a view from people with talent, sniggering with a veneer of generosity to save face.

Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph (UK)

The comedy, for all its scenes of giddy wonder, never gets past Tommy’s mask of mystery; avoiding speculation and investigation, it stays on the surface of his public and private shtick, leaving little more than a trail of amusing anecdotes.

Richard Brody, New Yorker

James Franco hits all the right wrong notes in this hugely entertaining, true-life tale of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 “disasterpiece” film The Room.

Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)

Spelling out a joke may be the quickest way to kill it, but the obvious, expository nature of the mockery in “The Disaster Artist” doesn’t make it any less funny or illuminating.

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

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