Charlie Says (2019)



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Three young women were sentenced to death for the infamous Manson murders. Their sentences became life imprisonment when the death penalty was lifted in California. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them. Through her, we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes.


Critic Reviews for Charlie Says

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Matt Smith is miscast in the crucial role of Manson, failing to summon the cult leader's manic energy or make us understand just how it was that he had so many under his thrall.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Charlie Says is absorbing if only intermittently effective, but it has the distinction of bringing a female gaze to arguably the most notorious crime spree in American history.

Sep 3, 2018 | Full Review…

So ambivalent as to be frustratingly gun-shy about truly asserting a point of view, or adding anything meaningful to the already thriving cottage industry of Manson-adjacent storytelling.

Sep 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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It has none of the brilliance and insight of Emma Cline's 2016 novel The Girls, on roughly the same subject.

Sep 3, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This feels like a story not quite hitting its target.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Harron isn't able to tell us much more than what we already know, and her wafer-thin connections between the past (in the Manson farm) and the present (in jail) are too pat.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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