A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Reviews

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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).
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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 14, 2013
A film is a terrible thing to waste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 13, 2013
The execution ... is perilously self-absorbed ...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 11, 2013
As Charles Swan seems to become more aware of his loneliness, Charlie Sheen seems to become more protective of his Charlie Sheen-ness.
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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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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 8, 2013
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2013
A noodling indulgence that's alternately freewheeling and dead in the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 7, 2013
At best it is a mildly diverting goof with a charmless lead performance. Its underlying misogyny leaves a sour taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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February 7, 2013
Charles Swan might have have been successful if its sensibilities weren't so aligned with its constantly disappointing protagonist's.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
February 7, 2013
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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: F
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 5, 2013
Seriously, this is one of the strangest and most painful films in recent memory.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 5, 2013
With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 5, 2013
A precious, arid thing, Glimpse arrives pinned to Styrofoam like a prize arthropod.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
February 4, 2013
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.
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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-