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Charlie Wilson's War Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Set the irony meter at eleven and enjoy.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Aaron Sorkin has written an acute, hilarious, and informative screenplay which is rich with character, and is perfect fodder for director Mike Nichols, who has a knack for meshing comedy and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
The satire darkens not into sobering relevance but into wishy-washy 'relevance'
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
The international intrigue becomes strained satire -- what's needed is the comic touch of a Billy Wilder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Charlie Wilson's War features two characters who know how government is supposed to work. They also know it doesn't work as it is supposed to, so they have to subvert the system and go beyond it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2008
Hanks may at first seem like an unlikely choice to play a seasoned Texas playboy bachelor, but he's so ingratiating that he almost pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Hanks' performance as Wilson is tone-perfect, capturing both the public-servant seriousness and playboy rakishness of his character. And he does it without breaking a sweat.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
Charlie Wilson's War is both funny and entertaining. In fact, as far as making political points, you kind of have to look for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
At a short 93 minutes, it feels as though Charlie Wilson's War was hacked up in the editing room, leaving the bare bones of the structure but little of the really juicy meat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 18, 2008
All of the actors clearly relish the film's fast and busy pace, smart dialog and vivid characterisations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
Hanks does a great job, brimming with the sort of charisma and charm that the real Charlie Wilson presumably had in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 18, 2008
...succumbs to an overly and relentlessly talky vibe that prevents the viewer from connecting to the film's story or characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
October 18, 2008
The movie never addresses the pressing questions raised in Crile's nonfiction page-turner. It also never encourages the viewer to consider that a solitary congressman appropriated more than $40 million of taxpayer money for his cause.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
[Philip Seymour Hoffman's] rumpled, cranky spy is hilarious--George Smiley by way of Jack Black--but with an edge of quiet ferocity that makes every scene he's in play a little sharper.
Beth Accomando
June 8, 2008
This film may be based on real events but it plays out like a sharp and often absurd political satire.
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
May 6, 2008
Charlie Wilson's War" is intelligence to be savored appreciatively.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 1, 2008
[A]nyone who's seen, say, Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo or even one of those late-night "Save the Children" TV spots has seen much more gut-punching stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
The dialogue zings and pops whether you are trying to keep up with Hanks and Hoffman as they exchange one-liners or trying to fully understand the foreign affairs...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 1, 2008
Suficientemente interessante para figurar entre os diversos trabalhos que fizeram de 2007 um ano tão forte para o Cinema norte-americano.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2008
Two vaguely amoral do-gooders do their part to fight Commies in a secret hot war during a cold one%u2026you know, the one that installed the Taliban in Afghanistan and turned it into a place armed to the teeth and crazy pissed at us. Then Sorkin and Nich
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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