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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 195
Fresh: 159 | Rotten: 36

Charlie Wilson's War manages to entertain and inform audiences, thanks to its witty script and talented cast of power players.


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 9

Charlie Wilson's War manages to entertain and inform audiences, thanks to its witty script and talented cast of power players.



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Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers and cocaine. His "Good Time Charlie" exterior, however, masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog, and in the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan-which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians. Charlie's longtime friend and patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring, one of the wealthiest women in Texas and a virulent


Drama, Comedy

Aaron Sorkin

Apr 22, 2008


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Hanks may at first seem like an unlikely choice to play a seasoned Texas playboy bachelor, but he's so ingratiating that he almost pulls it off.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Hanks' performance as Wilson is tone-perfect, capturing both the public-servant seriousness and playboy rakishness of his character. And he does it without breaking a sweat.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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[Philip Seymour Hoffman's] rumpled, cranky spy is hilarious--George Smiley by way of Jack Black--but with an edge of quiet ferocity that makes every scene he's in play a little sharper.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The performances are likeable and entertaining, while Nichols pumps the whole proceedings with a satisfyingly fluid, dramatic energy.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Nichols and Sorkin have made a Cadillac of a movie, a handsome, beautifully designed chassis with a powerful motor and luxurious attention to detail.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Maybe it wasn't his fault those chickens came home to roost in the form of the Taliban, but you have to wonder: Would Nichols have given Oliver North such an easy ride?

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Set the irony meter at eleven and enjoy.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Aaron Sorkin has written an acute, hilarious, and informative screenplay which is rich with character, and is perfect fodder for director Mike Nichols, who has a knack for meshing comedy and drama.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

The satire darkens not into sobering relevance but into wishy-washy 'relevance'

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The international intrigue becomes strained satire -- what's needed is the comic touch of a Billy Wilder.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Charlie Wilson's War features two characters who know how government is supposed to work. They also know it doesn't work as it is supposed to, so they have to subvert the system and go beyond it.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Charlie Wilson's War is both funny and entertaining. In fact, as far as making political points, you kind of have to look for them.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

At a short 93 minutes, it feels as though Charlie Wilson's War was hacked up in the editing room, leaving the bare bones of the structure but little of the really juicy meat.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

All of the actors clearly relish the film's fast and busy pace, smart dialog and vivid characterisations.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Hanks does a great job, brimming with the sort of charisma and charm that the real Charlie Wilson presumably had in spades.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

...succumbs to an overly and relentlessly talky vibe that prevents the viewer from connecting to the film's story or characters.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The movie never addresses the pressing questions raised in Crile's nonfiction page-turner. It also never encourages the viewer to consider that a solitary congressman appropriated more than $40 million of taxpayer money for his cause.

October 18, 2008
Palo Alto Weekly

This film may be based on real events but it plays out like a sharp and often absurd political satire.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

Charlie Wilson's War" is intelligence to be savored appreciatively.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

[A]nyone who's seen, say, Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo or even one of those late-night "Save the Children" TV spots has seen much more gut-punching stuff.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

The dialogue zings and pops whether you are trying to keep up with Hanks and Hoffman as they exchange one-liners or trying to fully understand the foreign affairs...

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Suficientemente interessante para figurar entre os diversos trabalhos que fizeram de 2007 um ano tão forte para o Cinema norte-americano.

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Two vaguely amoral do-gooders do their part to fight Commies in a secret hot war during a cold one%u2026you know, the one that installed the Taliban in Afghanistan and turned it into a place armed to the teeth and crazy pissed at us. Then Sorkin and Nich

February 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Audience Reviews for Charlie Wilson's War

It's not an exceptional film, however the real-life story it depicts is interesting enough and the performances are generally strong, particularly that of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
March 19, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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A hedonistic womanising congressman from Texas seems to be the only person on Capitol Hill who realises the full implications of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and sets about ensuring the US gives its support to the freedom fighters of the Mujahideen. The Aaron Sorkin penned script based on actual events shares a lot of elements with his flagship TV series The West Wing. The combination of politics and drama with amusingly quirky characters and witty, fast talking dialogue will be very familiar to fans and a collection of fine performances all round make for a very entertaining piece of historical edutainment. Inevitably it all seems quite rose-tinted in its depiction of the role of the US but Sorkin's edgy dialogue always keeps one eye on the hypocrisy and duplicity of American politics and the timing of the project is surely no coincidence. It would have made for a much weightier experience if it had continued the commentary through to its natural conclusion concerning where Afghanistan found itself once America had got what it wanted, but Sorkin does at least touch on the subject at the last gasp. Witty, smart and consistently entertaining, Charlie Wilson's War is well worth watching if only for the great Philip Seymour Hoffman's show stealing turn as the wise cracking, no-nonsense CIA analyst.
February 11, 2014
xGary Xx

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Director Mike Nichols and writer Aaron Sorkin are no strangers to political satire. Charlie Wilson's War is simply fantastic. It's funny and incredibly well written. But the real disturbing elements emerge in the films final ten minutes, when you realize exactly how dangerous America's meddling into world affairs has become.
February 9, 2014

Super Reviewer

Too bad in Americas rush to defeat the Soviets we created the Taliban, strengthened the Haqqani network and gave Pakistan the time it needed to make a nuclear weapon. Great intentions but we messed up the end game.
November 14, 2012
Joe McCall

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