• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mike Nichols
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 22, 2008
  • Universal Pictures

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Charlie Wilson's War Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Set the irony meter at eleven and enjoy.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 2, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

October 18, 2008
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

September 22, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

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

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

June 8, 2008
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 6, 2008

[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.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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...

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 9/10

March 4, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2008

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

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4/5

February 16, 2008
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