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The Truth About Charlie

The Truth About Charlie (2002)

tomatometer

33

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 88

Newton has star quality, but this exercise in style can't hold a candle to the original.

43

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 21

Newton has star quality, but this exercise in style can't hold a candle to the original.

audience

28

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 10,030

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Director Jonathan Demme filters the classic Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant vehicle Charade through the influence of the French New Wave in this stylish romantic thriller. Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) has been having second thoughts about her marriage to the often enigmatic art dealer Charlie (Stephen Dillane), and decides to take a vacation without him, where she meets Joshua Peters (Mark Wahlberg), a handsome and charming American who seems quite taken with her. When Regina returns home to

Apr 1, 2003

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I realize that Mark Wahlberg is not Cary Grant, but shouldn't there be some compensating reason for his presence in this movie?

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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The truth is that The Truth About Charlie gets increasingly tiresome.

November 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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It's a forgery that diminishes not only the originality and pleasure of the film it copies, but also the entire school of filmmaking it wants to emulate.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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May not be and should not be everyone's cup of tea, but at the end of it, I felt a guilty affection for all its participants.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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The affectionate loopiness that once seemed congenital to Demme's perspective has a tough time emerging from between the badly dated cutesy-pie mystery scenario and the newfangled Hollywood post-production effects.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The Truth About Charlie isn't stupid or dull, but it has just too many flaws for me to recommend it.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A bad remake of a good movie.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Newton's a radiant beam of beguiling star power in this stylish muddle.

January 27, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

... a story as mixed up (yet with an outcome as predictable) as a plate of spaghetti.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Apaixonado por sua própria 'sabedoria' ao transformar esta refilmagem em uma homenagem à nouvelle vague, Demme cria um filme irritante e confuso em seu tom e em seus propósitos, prejudicando-se ainda mais em função da péssima performance de Newton.

August 19, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Demme finally succeeds in diminishing his stature from Oscar-winning master to lowly studio hack.

March 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Jonathan Demme's fumbled remake of Charade tries to mix old-fashioned champagne romance with straight-from-the-bottle swigs of New Wave style.

February 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

[Demme] zigs and zags and drags his camera through Paris with an abandon he hasn't displayed since his days toiling on the Roger Corman assembly line or shooting Something Wild.

January 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer

Wahlberg comes across as a retired underwear model.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

The truth about Charlie is that there's so much more here than you've been led to believe.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
ToxicUniverse.com

Never do you get the feeling that anybody is in any real danger, or that there's any real attraction between Newton and Wahlberg-and when you're making a caper film that doesn't have any suspense or romance in it, there's not a hell of a lot else left for

November 29, 2002
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The ideas behind this Charlie are far more fascinating than their execution proves to be.

November 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

The truth about Charlie is that it's a brazenly misguided project.

November 20, 2002
Creative Loafing

It doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to be.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

Jonathan Demme nous revient avec un film qui se cherche, à l'instar du personnage-titre, une identité.

November 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Showbizz.net
Showbizz.net

Demme's film looks very French, and appears as appetizing as a croissant.

November 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It successfully lured me into a world of shadows, mysteries and confusion. Maybe it did its job, in that regard, a little too well. By the film's end, I couldn't find my way back.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Greater Milwaukee Today
Greater Milwaukee Today

Audience Reviews for The Truth About Charlie

Tak Fujimoto and Jonathan Demme have shot this a lot hipper than anyone half their age could. Thandie Newton is great & funny, magically cute at few moments, and beautiful the rest of the time. She would make a fine, and definitely sexier, replacement for Audrey Hepburn in several films. The writers seem to have assumed that since no one can compete with Cary Grant, Mark Wahlberg shouldn't have good lines to work with. The homages to the French New Wave are clever and prettily situated, but they dispel the suspense atmosphere, and -- for me -- make the movie look like it's catering to anglophone snobs who can't stand a mere thriller. And Demme doesn't want to do a mere thriller that's hipper and more involving than usual. He casts the bad guys as an ethnic rainbow, and it turns out none of them are really bad, just misunderstood and misunderstanding other people. (Scary hook-hand guy from the original is now just a big lunk who requires electroacupuncture so he doesn't expire from cardiopulmonary stress -- I'm serious.) Each of the bad guys even hates violence; the only one comfortable with it is a betrayed 50s straight-arrow military type that was too unhip to be in the original Charade. Demme's kind of liberalism seems to aspire not only to banish all sense of menace from society, but also from its movie genres. (Star rating for Tak Fujimoto and Thandie Newton.)
June 23, 2011
adammahler1

Super Reviewer

Have you ever watched a movie and thought that you've seen it already. That happened to me with this movie. It was as interesting the second time as the first. The only thing I could remember from the first time to the second was that stamps were involved.

The movie is a whodunit, except from the point of view of a new wife who returns from a vacation and finds her husband has been murdered. It takes the whole movie for her and the viewers to find out about the husband's prior life and who killed him and why.
December 11, 2010
Redlats

Super Reviewer

This remake of 1963 movie is great, full of thriller by finding the truth.
November 28, 2006
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Dean McKenna

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Very cool film that doesn't quite approach the level of Matt Damon in the Bourne series but is nonetheless tremendously entertaining with many delightful and unexpected cameos.
April 10, 2013
John Ballantine

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