• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    Roman Coppola
  • In Theaters:    Feb 8, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    May 14, 2013
  • Swan Design Studios

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013

It's rare to witness a film with such a profound disconnect between the director's intention and the final product. It's clear Coppola is striving for some kind of meaningful sublime statement but in reality he has created an interminably vacuous picture.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric D. Snider
About.com
July 13, 2013

The what-the-heck-was-that? novelty wears off with astonishing speed once it sinks in that none of this is going anywhere.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013

Sheen is about as capable of playing a character who isn't Charlie Sheen as he is of playing a dog, or a muffin, or a bottle of shampoo.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2013

a Walter Mitty approach to justify the decadent and pathetic life of Charlie Sheen

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 26, 2013

A light (and slight) surrealistic comedy of emotional waywardness -- intriguing enough to qualify as a playful lark.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 15, 2013

Director Roman Coppola is nothing if not soaked in movie lore.

Full Review | Original Score: C minus
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 13, 2013

When the subtlest part of your film is Charlie Sheen's performance, you've got a problem.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 9, 2013

And that glimpse reveals that the mind of Charles Swan III is actually a bad movie.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Dave White
Movies.com
March 7, 2013

It's a nearly perfect apology for the existence of Sheen2013, packaging him as a man out of time, born too late to be the kind of louche, decadent figure he'd easily get away with being 40 years ago.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
February 19, 2013

At once feeds into and deconstructs the Sheen persona; it also serves as a welcome reminder that, when he's not busy "winning" or having a public meltdown, the man is a charismatic onscreen presence.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 15, 2013

This giant turkey was produced, written, and directed by Roman Coppola, who must have thought the dumb fantasy sequences, steeped in movieland imagery, would remind people of 8-1/2 (or, at the very least, Head).

Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 15, 2013

An artist-playboy stalking an ex-girlfriend sounds tailor-made for Charlie Sheen, but he and his comedy are rather bland. A not quite fully formed film from Roman Coppola.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
February 14, 2013

It allows moviegoers the dubious pleasure of experiencing what a film by the late Bob Fosse might have been like if only Fosse had been a moron.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 14, 2013

The audience finds out just how long 84 minutes can be. The answer: really long.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
February 14, 2013

Charles Swan III just needs to grow up. And unpleasant as it may be, we deserve more than a glimpse into his mind.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
February 14, 2013

There isn't much interesting about delving into the psyche of a broad, meaningless caricature. Ooh, tell us about your rich internal life, Joe Camel!

Full Review | Original Score: F
Bill Brownstein
Montreal Gazette
February 14, 2013

Do we sympathize with Swann? Not remotely. Do we find his friends interesting? Not at all.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
February 14, 2013

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the film is that it adequately depicts the narcissism of its star ...

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
February 14, 2013

The guys play victims and lament the poor condition of being horny guys whose significant others won't just be happy with men who make no effort at all.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
February 14, 2013

A film is a terrible thing to waste.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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