The Hoax Reviews

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Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
The Hoax is the real thing. It's a breezy, engaging caper. It's like a heist film of the 1970s, but the pilferers are literary men not bank robbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 16, 2008
Que Irving queira se sentir importante, é compreensível; que sua suposta cinebiografia compartilhe da fraude, nem tanto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 16, 2008
An amazing story filled with twists, turns, intrigue, betrayals, hallucinations and close calls.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 14, 2008
Despite good energy and a source with ample potential, the film is held back by trite ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 4, 2007
It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 4, 2007
Despite making Clifford Irving into a grubby suburbanite rather than the mischievous Abby Hoffman figure he really was, the film is generally entertaining a good introduction to the greatest literary hoax of all time.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 23, 2007
...breezy, light-hearted...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
November 3, 2007
Very enjoyable.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 25, 2007
At times the film becomes more about Richard Gere and his Oscar grab than about the story... But the bait-and-switch moments as Irving plays the media are the highlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Amoral con artist's true tale will pull adults in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
October 18, 2007
A thoroughly enjoyable ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 16, 2007
Amazing though the story is, it would be nothing without Gere's slippery, insinuating -- if not precisely likable -- performance as Irving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
October 16, 2007
Both an enjoyable call-back to the early '70s and a well-acted film that gives Richard Gere a chance to fully exhibit his acting skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 15, 2007
The film is an exciting tale of deception and fast-paced thinking, the perfect therapy for all the growing core of cynics who are at a breaking point where maybe they don't feel they can even trust "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 9, 2007
The publishers believed him because the idea was so implausible. It had to be the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 1, 2007
Highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 22, 2007
I've never been a fan of Richard Gere, but he gives the performance of his career as Clifford Irving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 11, 2007
As superbly played by Gere, Irving is a weak, desperate man, a cheesy charmer in search of his share of the American dream with a psychopathic disregard for the consequences of his actions.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 4, 2007
A grown-up, conceptually ambitious movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
August 3, 2007
Enjoyably tall tale with Gere terrific as the outrageous hoaxer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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