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Charlie Wilson's War Reviews

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
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.
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.
January 29, 2008
Mike Nichols' fast-talking political comedy says every word but Osama Bin Laden.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 11, 2008
The performances are likeable and entertaining, while Nichols pumps the whole proceedings with a satisfyingly fluid, dramatic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
January 2, 2008
Nichols and Sorkin have made a Cadillac of a movie, a handsome, beautifully designed chassis with a powerful motor and luxurious attention to detail.
December 27, 2007
Maybe it wasn't his fault those chickens came home to roost in the form of the Taliban, but you have to wonder: Would Nichols have given Oliver North such an easy ride?
December 26, 2007
It's a homerun.
December 21, 2007
A terrific tale of political wheeling and dealing.
December 21, 2007
Something doesn't smell right with Charlie Wilson's War. I'm not particularly concerned with the specific facts it has left out of its telling. But what has been left in feels compromised and dodgy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2007
A well-intentioned wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 21, 2007
It is briskly paced, nimbly acted and crisply directed by Mike Nichols.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
It is so much fun watching these actors enjoy bouncing off each other, it's almost too easy to forget the importance of the story being told.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
The film moves along smartly despite being stuffed to bursting with details of arms deals, diplomatic ploys and political maneuvering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
If Charlie doesn't feel quite real, Hanks at least makes him good company.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
A feel-good comedy about a covert US effort to fund resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan? What will Hollywood think of next?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
Though not great, Charlie Wilson's War is definitely worthwhile and entertaining, and clocking in at a modest 98 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
The season's oddest and perhaps most effective war movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2007
Tom Hanks delivers another of his patented good-guy roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
While not deeply insightful, Charlie Wilson's War is an eye-opening and sassy tale of political will making for unlikely bedfellows.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
Highly entertaining -- and mildly uncomfortable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2007
Mr. Hanks comes through with an egoless performance -- no movie star is so adept at not acting like a movie star -- and Mr. Hoffman continues his year of doing no wrong
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2007
Nichols fills the edges of the screen with unforced humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
Contrary to what Sorkin and Nichols seem to think, the problem is not that topicality and entertainment don't mix. It's that audacity and self-congratulation don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2007
It's quite a yarn, and the filmmakers relate it with clarity and verve.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2007
I didn't believe a bit of it, thanks to the movie's style, except for some newsreel and documentary footage, and even that felt epoxied on.
December 21, 2007
Charlie Wilson's War takes a kernel of truth and roasts it into a popcorn movie. There's terrific fun to be had, and much wry comedy too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
Charlie Wilson's War tells its tale briskly, almost merrily. This is not a sober history lesson, but a political comedy laced with sex (party girls in limos, strippers in hot tubs), booze, and even good old-fashioned cocaine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2007
Charlie Wilson's War is an anachronism, the wrong movie at the wrong time. Not only does it tell its tale in a style that feels dated and artificial, the story itself focuses on events that history has overtaken.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2007
Nichols succeeds in spinning an entertaining yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 20, 2007
As creator and head writer of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin had a gift for making policy debate seem sexy, but what worked in the context of that liberal fantasy founders badly amid the realpolitik of this cold war drama.
December 20, 2007
Gosh, does this movie have it all or what? Smart dialogue, Julia Roberts in a bikini and looking grrrrrr-eattttt, and Russian helicopters going boom! It's also short! What's not to love?
December 20, 2007
Sorkin is a deft explicator of Washington geopolitics for dummies, but he patronizes us with blunt lessons on the mujahideen and Afghanistan geography.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2007
Charlie Wilson's War, a crisp, biting satire that confidently mixes sex and politics, glides along so smartly and smoothly, it makes you wonder how it's possible that director Mike Nichols and writer Aaron Sorkin have never teamed up before.
December 20, 2007
All of a sudden, Hoffman is having one of the most spectacular years any movie actor ever had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2007
A funny, sprightly tribute to the American can-do spirit, with a bleak ending that suggests that our plucky protagonist may have just dug his own (or, in this case, his country's) grave.
December 20, 2007
When Charlie Wilson's War is on target -- pretty much every time Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman appear on-screen together -- it's a really enjoyable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2007
This entertaining romp, directed by Mike Nichols, has elegantly turned bluster to burn, and a host of true-blue American types who don't even pretend to be flesh and blood.
December 20, 2007
The history that's here is worth knowing, and Hanks, Roberts, Hoffman and Nichols make those Beat-the-Russkies '80s seem like a party.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2007
Just because a politically savvy satire has an eloquent tongue in its cheek doesn't mean the message won't seem painfully obvious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
December 18, 2007
The big-screen Charlie Wilson's War, clocking in at 93 fly-by minutes, is dark and funny and mean and sexy, damned near pitch-black-perfect considering that at the end of this boozy comedy you wind up with, oh, Osama bin Laden.
December 18, 2007
With its rapid pace, smart screenplay, and top-notch acting, this is one of the 2007 Oscar season's most appealing and compelling adult motion pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2007
Tells a momentous story -- a story every American should know -- in a boisterous, lickety-split style that makes the history lesson go down easily.
December 17, 2007
The film, adapted from George Crile's book, doesn't always work, but it sure offers value for money.
December 13, 2007
This is certainly the most dynamic of the war films that have been choking and dying at the multiplex.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2007
Charlie Wilson's War is a journalistic satire of realpolitik in which our jerry-rigged alliances, which looked strategic at the time, end up biting the U.S. in unforeseen ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 10, 2007
Hoffman brings out the best in Hanks -- they riff off each other with delicious comic teamwork.
November 29, 2007
Charlie Wilson's War is political drama played as comedy and true life as satire. Sorkin's script comes loaded with computable comic lines.
November 29, 2007
Charlie Wilson's War is that rare Hollywood commodity these days: a smart, sophisticated entertainment for grownups.