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CQ (2002)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 25

CQ is a stylish and fun homage to campy 1960s flicks.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 9

CQ is a stylish and fun homage to campy 1960s flicks.



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The feature debut of Roman Coppola (son of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola) centers around an international film crew making a low-budget, Barbarella-like feature in Paris in 1969. The film is called Dragonfly and is being directed by Andrzej (Gérard Depardieu), who wishes to make a revolutionary work rather than the tacky fluff it is becoming. He is soon fired by the film's Italian producer Enzo (Giancarlo Giannini) when he can't produce a satisfactory climactic scene. After briefly


Drama, Comedy

Roman Coppola

Sep 10, 2002


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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (25) | DVD (14)

A film that is visually compelling and highly entertaining in an in-jokey sort of way.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Coppola's observational and satirical skills are impressive.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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It's not much of anything, apart from eye candy.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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CQ has a modicum of IQ and a dash of style.

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A charming, spirited movie for cinephiles, or those who aspire to be.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A stylistic romp that's always fun to watch.

June 6, 2002
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Coppola and his production team have taken meticulous care to faithfully copy the costumes, production designs, peek-a-boo sexiness and budget-crunched special effects of their source material.

July 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show
The Moving Picture Show

Coppola gives CQ a sense of style and humor that makes the navel-gazing bearable.

February 2, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

There's nothing much to the film besides its pretty-coolness. Fundamentally it goes nowhere and says nothing.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

Funny to me, but maybe not for everyone. Hell, I don't care, you're either in the category of the type of person who will like this or you're not. The choice is yours, but anyone pre-disposed to like this type of film will be happy they took the trip.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An attention arousing entree

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

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January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

Roman Coppola's directorial debut "CQ" is a treat. A fluffy delight.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source:

The movie plays out like a over-budget student film that lacks any of the competence and patience of an experienced director.

March 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

CQ will likely appeal to a younger crowd, who may not catch all the cinematic references but will love the mishmash nature of this cinematic stew.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Love alone does not make a film watchable, no matter how much of it there is. Davies and company are up to the task, but the material is weak. Coppola has a lot of ideas; he just needs to find a more coherent, entertaining way of expressing them.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

Lumbering, misguided mess

September 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

...the sum of the parts equals largely a confused mediocrity.

September 13, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Mildly amusing but ultimately a sloppy, forgettable enterprise.

August 30, 2002
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

It may not be art, but it's vastly more entertaining than anything Coppola senior has done in far too long.

August 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Pull[s] off the rare trick of recreating not only the look of a certain era, but also the feel.

July 22, 2002 Full Review Source:

'CQ may one day be fondly remembered as Roman Coppola's brief pretentious period before going on to other films that actually tell a story worth caring about

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source:

'CQ' seeks the literati glitterati cinematic cognoscenti

July 15, 2002 Full Review
Pasadena Weekly

All set-up and no punchline.

July 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Audience Reviews for CQ

"What is Real? What is Art? What is...the End?"

A young filmmaker in 1960s Paris juggles directing a cheesy sci-fi debacle, directing his own personal art film, coping with his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, and a new-found infatuation with the sci-fi film's starlet.

Filmmaker Roman Coppola proves to be a chip off the old block (his dad is Francis Ford, duh!) with this sweetly dark comic valentine to foreign films of France and Italy focusing on a struggling film editor/auteur wannabe (Davies in all his squirmy, milquetoasty glory) assigned to a disastrous sci-fi B flick where he winds up being a replacement director and falls deeply in love with his gorgeous starlet (Lindvall, the epitome of sex echoing the leonine good looks of Catherine Deneuve at her start) in the process. Coppola has a keen technical sense incorporating set and production design, costumes, camerawork, editing and low-key acting to make a picture perfect ode to the hurly-burly world of filmmaking then and now. If there is a criticism it is that it is a bit slight in its theme (filmmaker's navel gazing fails to see the big picture: love is all around) yet there's a nice homage to Coppola's relationship with his famous father in the interplay between Davies and his onscreen father Stockwell, an absent-minded businessman, echoing nicely. The title is a play on Seek You = CQ.
February 21, 2012
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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A visually stunnig (2002) film that takes place in Italy in 1969, whose plot revolves around the making of a Sci-Fi film meant to take place in the far-off and distant future of the year 2000.

It is also a look at the inner workings of the film industry and the struggle of one editor turned director, to create a career making film while not allowing his obsession with that films star (Dragonfly) ruin his relationship with his (Real Life) girlfriend who also happens to be the star of HIS own side project which is based on his personal life.

While the story is a bit convoluted at times...there is enough here (especially visually) to keep fans of film interested (especially fans of Sci-Fi and/or Italian cinema).

And (call me crazy) but I would REALLY like to see the finished Sci-Fi film: "Codename Dragonfly" (think Barbarella meets Austin Powers) in it's entirety. Perhaps as an 'extra' on the DVD?
January 6, 2009
Robert C

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Would be interesting if anything actually happened.
December 29, 2007

Super Reviewer

Visually great but lacking in story.
October 31, 2006

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