Charly Reviews

June 13, 2019
Instead of frittering away time on an unmotivated romance, it would have been interesting if the reasons for this psychologically complicated affair were explored.
February 8, 2019
Several sequences are risible (Charly as a surly biker?), the romance is scarcely believable, and the use of split-screen quickly grows wearying.
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.
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.
April 5, 2006
March 9, 2006
February 18, 2006
This moving film is the crowning achievement of Cliff Robertson's career.
December 21, 2005
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.
March 12, 2005
...the fact that the majority of Charly feels utterly superfluous.
March 11, 2005
another example of a memorable book which ends up diluted by the lesser talents of screenwriters
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.
December 31, 2004
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November 4, 2004
October 23, 2004
As the story of a personality in crisis, it works.
March 22, 2004
August 22, 2003
May 24, 2003
A clumsy attempt to marry social drama with in-vogue, trippy sci-fi.
October 29, 2002