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The Hoax (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 129
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: The Hoax is an enormously appealing film, thanks to the uniformly excellent performances and Lasse Hallström's zippy direction.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: The Hoax is an enormously appealing film, thanks to the uniformly excellent performances and Lasse Hallström's zippy direction.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 30,518

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Movie Info

The writer Clifford Irving nearly pulled off one of the most audacious media scams in history when his "autobiography" of Howard Hughes was published. Irving claimed the book was based on in-person interviews with the reclusive billionaire, but they were, in fact, completely bogus.

Rating:
R (for language)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
William Wheeler
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 16, 2007
Box Office:
$7.1M
Runtime:
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Hoax

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (22) | DVD (18)

It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Highly entertaining.

Full Review… | September 1, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

I've never been a fan of Richard Gere, but he gives the performance of his career as Clifford Irving.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Ultimately, these smart, zeitgeisty riffs are just as implausible as the idea of an authorised Howard Hughes autobiography.

Full Review… | August 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

... a serious and amusing black farce that does without obvious heroes or villains ...

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Gere persuasively portrays a guy whose confidence blossoms as he makes the discovery that as his lies grow so does the ease with which he tells them.

Full Review… | April 24, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The Hoax is the real thing. It's a breezy, engaging caper. It's like a heist film of the 1970s, but the pilferers are literary men not bank robbers.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Que Irving queira se sentir importante, é compreensível; que sua suposta cinebiografia compartilhe da fraude, nem tanto.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
Cinema em Cena

An amazing story filled with twists, turns, intrigue, betrayals, hallucinations and close calls.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
Laramie Movie Scope

Despite good energy and a source with ample potential, the film is held back by trite ideas.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
Window to the Movies

Despite making Clifford Irving into a grubby suburbanite rather than the mischievous Abby Hoffman figure he really was, the film is generally entertaining a good introduction to the greatest literary hoax of all time.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
rec.arts.movies.reviews

...breezy, light-hearted...

Full Review… | November 23, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Very enjoyable.

Full Review… | November 3, 2007
3BlackChicks Review

At times the film becomes more about Richard Gere and his Oscar grab than about the story... But the bait-and-switch moments as Irving plays the media are the highlights.

Full Review… | October 25, 2007
7M Pictures

Amoral con artist's true tale will pull adults in.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

A thoroughly enjoyable ride.

Full Review… | October 18, 2007
Killer Movie Reviews

Amazing though the story is, it would be nothing without Gere's slippery, insinuating -- if not precisely likable -- performance as Irving.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Both an enjoyable call-back to the early '70s and a well-acted film that gives Richard Gere a chance to fully exhibit his acting skills.

Full Review… | October 16, 2007
Apollo Guide

The film is an exciting tale of deception and fast-paced thinking, the perfect therapy for all the growing core of cynics who are at a breaking point where maybe they don't feel they can even trust "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".

Full Review… | October 15, 2007

The publishers believed him because the idea was so implausible. It had to be the truth.

Full Review… | October 9, 2007
Movie Metropolis

As superbly played by Gere, Irving is a weak, desperate man, a cheesy charmer in search of his share of the American dream with a psychopathic disregard for the consequences of his actions.

Full Review… | August 11, 2007
Observer [UK]

A grown-up, conceptually ambitious movie.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Philadelphia Daily News

Enjoyably tall tale with Gere terrific as the outrageous hoaxer.

Full Review… | August 3, 2007
Sunday Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Hoax

½

enjoyable perfomance by Gere

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

The Hoax was a very pleasant surprise. It's a fantastic story, made better by the fact it's a true one. Richard Gere and Alfred Molina work really well together, balancing both serious and humorous perfectly. It's also quite stylish, Hallstrom gets the 70s across well and occasionally exaggerates to great effect. I've not always been a fan of Lasse Hallström but I'm certainly going to watch those films of his I've missed, I think My Life as a Dog was the last of his I really liked.

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Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

B

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Richard C

Super Reviewer

½

"Never let the truth get in the way of a good story"

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Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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