Charlie Wilson's War Reviews

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July 6, 2019
A movie with bite but no teeth.
August 30, 2018
A curiously bright work for a supposed black comedy, featuring the wired wordplay (and sly digs at Washington wildlife) of writer Aaron Sorkin, creator of TV's The West Wing.
February 2, 2018
Wilson? Enormously pleasurable company, since you ask. True, he's a lech, but such a gallant lech, plus he also gets irony.
August 22, 2017
It's a timely reminder: Ending a war is all very nice, but watch out for what comes next.
April 28, 2011
Set the irony meter at eleven and enjoy.
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.
August 27, 2009
The satire darkens not into sobering relevance but into wishy-washy 'relevance'
April 23, 2009
The international intrigue becomes strained satire -- what's needed is the comic touch of a Billy Wilder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2008
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.
October 18, 2008
All of the actors clearly relish the film's fast and busy pace, smart dialog and vivid characterisations.
October 18, 2008
...succumbs to an overly and relentlessly talky vibe that prevents the viewer from connecting to the film's story or characters.
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.
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.
June 8, 2008
This film may be based on real events but it plays out like a sharp and often absurd political satire.
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