A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

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Tiresomely self-indulgent and lacking any storytelling cohesion, this Glimpse Inside the Mind finds little food for thought.

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Set in a stylized Los Angeles, 'A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III' is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship, revenge fantasies, and Brandy Alexanders. Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. When his true love, a perplexing beauty named Ivana, suddenly breaks off their relationship, Charles' life falls apart and he swirls into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection. With the support of his loyal intimates- Kirby (Jason Schwartzman), Saul (Bill Murray), and his sister, Izzy (Patricia Arquette) -- he begins the hard road of self-evaluation to come to terms with a life without Ivana. The film begs the question: Is it possible to love and hate someone at the same time? (c) A24

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Critic Reviews for A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (47)

  • Crafted like a sort of watered down Wes Anderson sketch, Coppola fails to utilize his main attraction effectively, and thwarts us with this tonally awkward exercise.

    August 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though the transitions from real to imagined can be jarring, the picture remains cohesive because the discussions between scenes remain consistent.

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A bigger Cluster-Sheen I could hardly imagine.

    August 2, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • It's rare to witness a film with such a profound disconnect between the director's intention and the final product. It's clear Coppola is striving for some kind of meaningful sublime statement but in reality he has created an interminably vacuous picture.

    November 25, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The what-the-heck-was-that? novelty wears off with astonishing speed once it sinks in that none of this is going anywhere.

    July 13, 2013 | Rating: 1/5
  • Sheen is about as capable of playing a character who isn't Charlie Sheen as he is of playing a dog, or a muffin, or a bottle of shampoo.

    June 23, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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  • Aug 05, 2013
    Beyond awful, Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is an atrocious piece of garbage. The tragedy of it is that the film has a great cast that features Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Aubrey Plaza; who are all exceptional comedic actors. But, the story's monotonous tripe and the characters are dull and uninteresting. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a vapid and senseless film that seems to drag on forever.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2013
    Handsome. Brilliant. Heartbroken. The movie obviously had a lot of potential but the execution is horrible. It has a few funny moments but they're way too few and far between. It would be easy to blame all of the movie's failings on it's star, Charlie Sheen, but it was mostly, most likely, it's writer/director's fault. When working with Anderson Coppola has shown some skill but he obviously wasn't ready to helm a movie like this. I truly hope his next project is much better than this.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2013
    Pathetic. Is Sheen still high?
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    Feels like the first draft of something that could be really great; receives extra points for a terrific (arguably too smug) ending.
    Kevin C Super Reviewer

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