Looks good without ever really catching fire.
An amusingly tense saga of literary con-artistry.
A fun and zesty frolic.
| Original Score: 4/5
An elegant, entertaining parable of the emperor's new clothes.
| Original Score: 3/5
Like Irving's book, it doesn't hold up.
| Original Score: 2/5
Meticulously evoked atmosphere adds to the experience.
A two-dimensional landscape.
Gere's best film in years.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Richard Gere is repellently smug.
A true story about a fake biography, Lasse Hallström's film is a spry escapade.
Ultimately, these smart, zeitgeisty riffs are just as implausible as the idea of an authorised Howard Hughes autobiography.
| Original Score: 3/6
Gere proves that there's more to his range than ageing romantic leads in a multi-layered tale of public fraud and self-deception.
An enjoyable drama with a sharp script and strong performances.
A tremendous shaggy dog story that bounds capably between comedy and tragedy.
Some performances are so good, you forget they're faking it. Case in point: Richard Gere's electrifying, career-best turn in The Hoax as famed huckster Clifford Irving.
With a playful mixture of facts and implications, this gripping and extremely well-made film traces a true story with energy and wit.
Gere defies expectations as Irving, completely becoming the 1970s-era New York Jewish dude, bad hair and all.
THE HOAX is an enjoyable romp that features one of Richard Gere's best screen performances. Not everything on screen may be true -- but then look at the title. Maybe this is really a case of truth in advertising.
| Original Score: B+
The film seemed pedestrian, flat, diffuse and, if I may say, as phony as most Hollywood mainstream films.
| Original Score: C+
... a serious and amusing black farce that does without obvious heroes or villains ...