A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Reviews

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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+
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-
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 11, 2013
Breezily charming film is more heart-on-the-sleeve warm and visually generous.
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Robert Levin
The Atlantic
February 10, 2013
The film reveals a depth and weight to the Charlie Sheen archetype that we haven't experienced before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
February 4, 2013
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.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 4, 2013
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.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
January 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
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
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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+
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