• 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

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

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 14, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film is a terrible thing to waste.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

February 14, 2013
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The execution ... is perilously self-absorbed ...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

February 13, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A movie that doesn't really seem to have any reason to exist, other than maybe to give writer and director Roman Coppola and star Charlie Sheen something to do for a few weeks.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 13, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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As Charles Swan seems to become more aware of his loneliness, Charlie Sheen seems to become more protective of his Charlie Sheen-ness.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

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
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

February 8, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Sort of like Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz'' minus the music, the wit and the insight, not to mention Roy Scheider's brilliant performance.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

February 8, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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A noodling indulgence that's alternately freewheeling and dead in the water.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 7, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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At best it is a mildly diverting goof with a charmless lead performance. Its underlying misogyny leaves a sour taste.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 7, 2013
Joel Arnold
NPR
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Charles Swan might have have been successful if its sensibilities weren't so aligned with its constantly disappointing protagonist's.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 7, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

February 7, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Sitting through The Mind of Charles Swan III does not lead to a deeper understanding of Charlie Sheen. It does, however, demonstrate his compulsion for poor judgment and bad choices.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 7, 2013
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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The film strangely takes it for granted that everyone adores Charlie Sheen, and is willing to extend affection to the unmistakably Charlie Sheen-like character he plays here.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: F

February 7, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Seriously, this is one of the strangest and most painful films in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 5, 2013
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 5, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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A precious, arid thing, Glimpse arrives pinned to Styrofoam like a prize arthropod.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2013
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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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
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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With such an in-house cast of extended Coppola family sparklers, one would think things couldn't go too wrong in the comedy department, but they have little chance to oil the wheels of a creaky script written around Sheen.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

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
Film.com
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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
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