Charlie Says

Critics Consensus

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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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.

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14)

  • 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 10, 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…

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