• The Hoax
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    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Hoax Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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As a movie, The Hoax isn't a fraud but it's not the real deal, either.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 3, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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I kept hankering for the antic joie de vivre of Catch Me if You Can, which wholly gave itself over to what we love about the con men who dare to slough off the daily grind and do it their way. They have style to burn, and they don't give a damn.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 5, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Even Machiavelli would have raised an eyebrow at some of the double-crossings and dealings in The Hoax.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2007
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

A two-dimensional landscape.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

August 3, 2007
Anthony Quinn

Like Irving's book, it doesn't hold up.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

August 3, 2007

The idea of what is and isn't plausible gets a lot of chiding play in The Hoax, and it's one that could have used more consideration in the formulation of its swell-talking centerpiece.

Full Review Source: Reeler

April 6, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Like the film itself, Gere gives a performance that is meticulous and impressive but not magnetic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
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The film seemed pedestrian, flat, diffuse and, if I may say, as phony as most Hollywood mainstream films.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 5, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Que Irving queira se sentir importante, é compreensível; que sua suposta cinebiografia compartilhe da fraude, nem tanto.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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We never establish an emotional connection with Irving. Even though we're caught up in his derring-do as he beguiles entire meeting rooms of jaded publishers and editors, we're kept at a dissatisfying distance from Irving and the movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 5, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 4, 2007
Tony Medley

if the story of Clifford Irving's phony autobiography of Howard Hughes is such a good one, why was it mutated with silly fictional flourishes?

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 5/10

April 6, 2007
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Deeply problematic in large part because of Hallstr%uFFFDm's monomaniacal determination to turn Clifford Irving's story into a lively romp.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C

April 5, 2007
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Despite good energy and a source with ample potential, the film is held back by trite ideas.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 5/10

January 14, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Consider it the ultimate bit of bad luck -- or an apt irony --that Gere's comeback is stolen by the consistently excellent Alfred Molina.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

April 7, 2007
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a film about a fraudulent autobiography should have been either rigorously adamant about sticking to provable facts or more self-conscious in its manipulation of them

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 28, 2007
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly

This lie-streaked retelling of a fraud aims not for the meta, but for history-repeating object lesson, explicitly drawing parallels between Irving and Nixon's cons and our current hoax-based regime. But it all rings hollow.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 5, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The Hoax never makes up its mind what it's trying to say, leaving Gere's fast-talking charisma with nowhere to go.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 6, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs

Even as The Hoax works to wring emotional consequence from its many layers of lies, you're hard-pressed to believe it.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 6, 2007
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

What The Hoax really needs is a storyteller of Irving's imagination and skill to create a lie worth telling and believing.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2007
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 6, 2007

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