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


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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C+

April 26, 2013
Dave White

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 7, 2013
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

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 Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B-

February 19, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

Breezily charming film is more heart-on-the-sleeve warm and visually generous.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 11, 2013
Robert Levin
The Atlantic
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The film reveals a depth and weight to the Charlie Sheen archetype that we haven't experienced before.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 3/4

February 10, 2013
Boyd van Hoeij
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Swan is more of a doodle than a fully formed idea, though not necessarily less enjoyable for it, since it was clearly intended to be an undisciplined, anything-goes kinda story.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 4, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The imaginative twists, histrionic inventions, and decorative whimsy have a winningly ingenuous and energetic cleverness; through it all, this ebulliently overblown character never manages to cut himself down to size.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 4, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
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As the anticipated follow-up to Roman Coppola's "CQ" this is a letdown, but as a breezy romp it could be far, far worse.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

January 10, 2013
Richard Haridy

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 1/5

November 25, 2013
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: About.com | Original Score: 1/5

July 13, 2013
Will Leitch

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: D

June 23, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 0.5/5

June 9, 2013
James Verniere
Boston Herald

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

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: C minus

March 15, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 13, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: D

March 9, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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).

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 15, 2013
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: C-

February 15, 2013
Peter Sobczynski

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

February 14, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The audience finds out just how long 84 minutes can be. The answer: really long.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 14, 2013
Marc Mohan

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

February 14, 2013
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