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The Hoax Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 4, 2007
It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
Highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2007
I've never been a fan of Richard Gere, but he gives the performance of his career as Clifford Irving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 3, 2007
Ultimately, these smart, zeitgeisty riffs are just as implausible as the idea of an authorised Howard Hughes autobiography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2007
... a serious and amusing black farce that does without obvious heroes or villains ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 24, 2007
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.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 20, 2007
Hallström stops well short of cheesy, however, and he never veers from the movie's central fascination: the author's obsessive melding with his subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2007
A gripping little film that is well told and well performed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 9, 2007
At least half of The Hoax is a giddy pleasure.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 9, 2007
It's a terrific film.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 7, 2007
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Hallström and Wheeler have a great time setting up and embroidering Irving's increasingly elaborate scheme.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 7, 2007
It's an accomplished potboiler entertainment, as calculated and clever as the stories Irving spins to stay afloat in the growing sea of his own lies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 7, 2007
Even Machiavelli would have raised an eyebrow at some of the double-crossings and dealings in The Hoax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 7, 2007
Consider it the ultimate bit of bad luck -- or an apt irony --that Gere's comeback is stolen by the consistently excellent Alfred Molina.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 7, 2007
Gere seems as born again as he did during the musical numbers in Chicago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2007
Richard Gere is the ideal actor for the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 7, 2007
The Hoax doesn't tell its stories as well as Irving does, but it's an enjoyable immersion into a master storyteller's frantically made-up world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 6, 2007
The literary and journalistic frauds of the present era are small potatoes compared to the work of Clifford Irving, the subject of The Hoax.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 6, 2007
Gere, who is always sharpest when he's playing double-edged personalities, is fun to watch, and Hallström conveys a bit of the circuslike atmosphere of the times.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 6, 2007
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 5, 2007
Director Lasse Hallström, delivering his best all-around work since 1999's The Cider House Rules, manages to sustain a nimble pace despite a crushing amount of narrative detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 5, 2007
An amusing bounce through an unhappy period in American history, recalling the attitudes, fashions, politics and paranoias of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 5, 2007
We never establish an emotional connection with Irving. Even though we're caught up in his derring-do as he beguiles entire meeting rooms of jaded publishers and editors, we're kept at a dissatisfying distance from Irving and the movie.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 5, 2007
The filmmakers catch the right glittery look and paranoid intensity, and they make gutsy speculations about the story beneath the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 5, 2007
The Hoax never wanders too far from its pitiful but somehow joyously deceitful center, and Gere captures the sheer electricity of a man who, even for only a few moments, seems to have made reality play by his rules.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 5, 2007
Richard Gere is less charismatic than Irving and Alfred Molina turns Irving's assistant into a buffoon, but the secondary cast is fun to watch.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 5, 2007
Lasse Hallström isn't the first filmmaker I'd think of to exhibit such adult zing, but this is the best thing the director has done since What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 5, 2007
I kept hankering for the antic joie de vivre of Catch Me if You Can, which wholly gave itself over to what we love about the con men who dare to slough off the daily grind and do it their way. They have style to burn, and they don't give a damn.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 5, 2007
An entertaining blend of drama and comedy, and a powerhouse performance by Richard Gere as a man running a mile a minute on charm and hokum.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 4, 2007
Richard Gere, nearly unrecognizable with blackened hair and a fake nose, gives one of his very best performances as Clifford Irving.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 4, 2007
The film is a timely reminder that even the savviest and most skeptical audience can get snookered by the natural desire for a great story.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 3, 2007
A provocative and blackly comic portrait of a con artist who is ultimately a pawn in a much larger and more intricate conspiracy than even he can fabricate.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 3, 2007
As a movie, The Hoax isn't a fraud but it's not the real deal, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 2, 2007
So sure is Hallström's pacing that you barely notice the withering moral of the tale: when the money is big enough, everyone is a mug.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 2, 2007
It's bracing to see a grand con-man comedy like The Hoax, in which our moral universe is affirmed, and yet the fabled trickster Clifford Irving -- who wrote a fraudulent autobiography of Howard Hughes -- is so darn likable.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 28, 2007
Ultimately, The Hoax seems designed to appeal to the larcenous impulse in all of us.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
October 17, 2006
Jaunty, likable and surprisingly relevant tale of one of the better scandals of the '70s.
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Deborah Young
Variety
October 16, 2006
A surprisingly layered vehicle for a maniacally conniving Richard Gere, backed up by a superb Alfred Molina as his accomplice.