Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 12, 2003
Darkly funny, surprising and very enjoyable, there's enough here to suggest that Clooney should direct again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 26, 2003
A genuine mixed bag, full of entertaining moments but also bogged down by Clooney's overwhelming desire to emulate his frequent screen collaborator Steven Soderbergh.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
February 18, 2003
Clooney zips through a very funny first act, before becoming a little bogged down as the action enters John le Carré territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
February 18, 2003
If for nothing else, go see Rockwell's performance. It's about time for him to bust out into bigger and better roles, and if it happens, this movie will be why.
| Original Score: 3/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
February 16, 2003
Marks an auspicious debut for George Clooney in the role of director -- a job he already seems to be a natural at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
February 12, 2003
Clooney's ambition renders Denzel's "Good Will Fisher" / "Finding Fisher" debut pedestrian in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2003
The movie isn't out to answer questions, but to show you just how deep & intesting those questions can get. In the mean time, it's damn entertaining.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 9, 2003
Too succinct and too straightforward for its enigmatic subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...A wacky movie about a wacky person, a film whose details we are never really sure we are supposed to believe. But perhaps this uncertainty is what makes it so engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Vanessa Sibbald
Zap2it.com
February 7, 2003
Clooney directs this film always keeping the balance between the fantastic and the believable...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 7, 2003
The American film of the season -- and maybe of the year, or the last couple of years...
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
February 4, 2003
While the results are often stylish, interesting and humorous, the film unfortunately lacks focus and fails to resonate on an emotional level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 2, 2003
unfolds in a striking visual palette of washed out colors and deep shadows, almost as if we're watching it on an old television set whose picture tube is about to burn out
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 1, 2003
There's nothing dangerous about Chuck Barris' mind. Unfortunately, there's not much interesting about it either.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 31, 2003
It's deftly written by Charlie Kaufman.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 31, 2003
[The movie] makes up in vitality what it loses in veracity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
January 31, 2003
With a dedication to seamless scene transitions not witnessed since, maybe, 1992's Hoffa, Clooney keeps the film light, and even a little fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
January 31, 2003
If nothing else, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind ought to make Sam Rockwell a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 29, 2003
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a delightfully wicked indulgence that plays with its audience just as much as it plays with its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 29, 2003
By taking Chuck Barris seriously, Charlie Kaufman gets to the heart of the true gamesman that he was; by not taking him seriously, George Clooney has made a movie debut that is just a game.
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