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The Hoax Reviews

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 4, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Highly entertaining.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 1, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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I've never been a fan of Richard Gere, but he gives the performance of his career as Clifford Irving.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2007
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Ultimately, these smart, zeitgeisty riffs are just as implausible as the idea of an authorised Howard Hughes autobiography.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

August 3, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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... a serious and amusing black farce that does without obvious heroes or villains ...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 4, 2007
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 24, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 20, 2007
Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A gripping little film that is well told and well performed.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

April 12, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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At least half of The Hoax is a giddy pleasure.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 9, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a terrific film.

April 9, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Hallström and Wheeler have a great time setting up and embroidering Irving's increasingly elaborate scheme.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 7, 2007
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

April 7, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Even Machiavelli would have raised an eyebrow at some of the double-crossings and dealings in The Hoax.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

April 7, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Gere seems as born again as he did during the musical numbers in Chicago.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Richard Gere is the ideal actor for the role.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

April 6, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

April 6, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 6, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 5, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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An amusing bounce through an unhappy period in American history, recalling the attitudes, fashions, politics and paranoias of the day.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 5, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The filmmakers catch the right glittery look and paranoid intensity, and they make gutsy speculations about the story beneath the story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

April 5, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 5, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

April 5, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 5, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

April 5, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

April 4, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 4, 2007
David Ansen
Newsweek
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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.

April 3, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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As a movie, The Hoax isn't a fraud but it's not the real deal, either.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 3, 2007
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 2, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 2, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Ultimately, The Hoax seems designed to appeal to the larcenous impulse in all of us.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 28, 2007
Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
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Jaunty, likable and surprisingly relevant tale of one of the better scandals of the '70s.

October 17, 2006
Deborah Young
Variety
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A surprisingly layered vehicle for a maniacally conniving Richard Gere, backed up by a superb Alfred Molina as his accomplice.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 16, 2006
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