Charlie Says

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Charlie Says approaches its infamous subject from a welcome new angle, but suffers from a disappointing lack of depth in its treatment of the story.

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Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him -- Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins -- remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader. Confined to an isolated cellblock, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan, until an empathetic graduate student attempts to rehabilitate them.

Cast & Crew

Matt Smith
Charles Manson
Hannah Murray
Leslie Van Houten
Suki Waterhouse
Mary Brunner
Annabeth Gish
Virginia Carlson
Merritt Wever
Karlene Faith
Sosie Bacon
Patricia Krenwinkel
Bridger Zadina
Paul Watkins
Dana Guerin
Executive Producer
Michael Guerin
Executive Producer
David Hillary
Executive Producer
Crille Forsberg
Cinematographer
Andrew Hafitz
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  • If nothing else, Charlie Says puts Van Houten in the center of her own story. Look at her game, girl.

    May 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While well-intentioned and thoughtful, "Charlie Says" is too ambivalent and too safe to deliver much in the way of original insight.

    May 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating and feminist exploration of Manson's first victims: the girls themselves.

    May 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • You want to see how a person could surrender herself - her self - to something so diabolical, which demands a higher level of insanity than the filmmakers can muster.

    May 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's just not enough to Charlie Says, an ambitious, but uneven drama about the oft-sensationalized 'Manson Girls.'

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Suffering through what Charlie says again, without purpose, is unfair punishment, if you ask me.

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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