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A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
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!
| Original Score: F
Charles Swan might have have been successful if its sensibilities weren't so aligned with its constantly disappointing protagonist's.
Charlie Sheen proves he still has something to contribute, but like us, he's defenceless against Roman Coppola's inchoate script.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A film is a terrible thing to waste.
| Original Score: 1/4
This isn't a despicable film or a lazy one; it's just a doodle, a glorified home movie by a filmmaker who no doubt has one hell of a Rolodex and a few favors to call in.
The film speeds ahead with almost gleeful disinterest in dealing with the narrative challenges it sets up before resolving them in the most perfunctory ways
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.
| Original Score: C-
From its puffed-up title to the way the cast playfully bows to us at the end, "Swan" is so eager to be a trippy comic lark that it ends up resembling a clown trying to fit through a pea-shooter.
| Original Score: 1/5
It's not exactly a bold leap forward for Sheen, but, to his credit, he manages to survive a highly disorganized effort from fascinating helmer Roman Coppola.
| Original Score: C+
[VIDEO ESSAY] Roman Coppola goes so far as to throw in a literal "kitchen sink" as part of his ploy to entertain, but "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" can't even manage to titillate.
| Original Score: D+
Sheen's '70s-set comedy is a jumbled, sex-filled mess.
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the film is that it adequately depicts the narcissism of its star ...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work.
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.
Proves two things - that Charlie Sheen is a better actor than his public persona and stint on Two and a Half Men may have led you to believe and that he needs to find a character to prove that instead of this riff on his real-life drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5.0
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.
| Original Score: 0/4
In a film where the production design has as much dramatic heft as the plot, relentless quirkiness swamps the audience's need to care for and identify with any of the characters.
'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III' is billed as a comedy, but I think that must be a mistake. I kept waiting for the laughs to come - and no luck.
And that glimpse reveals that the mind of Charles Swan III is actually a bad movie.
| Original Score: D
At best it is a mildly diverting goof with a charmless lead performance. Its underlying misogyny leaves a sour taste.
| Original Score: 2/5