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The Hoax (2007)



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

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


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 6

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



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Director Lasse Hallström offers a brisk account of the scam that shook the literary community with this semi-comic biographical drama starring Richard Gere as the man who sold a fraudulent biography of Howard Hughes to publishing giant McGraw Hill. The year was 1971; the Vietnam War was raging and protestors filled the streets. Clifford Irving (Gere) was a struggling author with bold ambitions, and the determination needed to see them through. When Irving's attempt to sell his latest novel to


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Oct 16, 2007


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

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Highly entertaining.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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I've never been a fan of Richard Gere, but he gives the performance of his career as Clifford Irving.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
New York Post
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Ultimately, these smart, zeitgeisty riffs are just as implausible as the idea of an authorised Howard Hughes autobiography.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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... a serious and amusing black farce that does without obvious heroes or villains ...

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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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.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

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

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
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.

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source:

...breezy, light-hearted...

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Very enjoyable.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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.

October 25, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A thoroughly enjoyable ride.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

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

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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".

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

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

October 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A grown-up, conceptually ambitious movie.

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Enjoyably tall tale with Gere terrific as the outrageous hoaxer.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Sunday Mirror [UK]
Sunday Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Hoax

enjoyable perfomance by Gere
September 27, 2008

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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