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Charly Reviews

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June 6, 2007
The film's main problem is that director Ralph Nelson virtually ignores the philosophical elements of the story and emphasizes its most maudlin aspects, while throwing in a little sci-fi, romance, and spurious social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
April 20, 2007
Cliff Robertson was rewarded with an Oscar for repeating his TV role, that of a mentally retarded man, and for paying with his own money for the screen adaptation of the popular novel, directed in a pedestrian mode by Ralph Nelson.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chuck O'Leary
February 18, 2006
This moving film is the crowning achievement of Cliff Robertson's career.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
I'm told by someone whose opinion I respect that the novel was very moving and very sad. The movie is not. It's science-fiction without gadgets, a horror film without thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 12, 2005
...the fact that the majority of Charly feels utterly superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Bezanson
March 11, 2005
another example of a memorable book which ends up diluted by the lesser talents of screenwriters
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 15, 2005
Well-acted drama about a retarded man who is turned into a genius in a scientific experiment and then regresses to his original state again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
December 31, 2004
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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
As the story of a personality in crisis, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 24, 2003
A clumsy attempt to marry social drama with in-vogue, trippy sci-fi.
Susan Granger
April 5, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 22, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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