Charlie Wilson's War Reviews

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December 21, 2007
Tom Hanks delivers another of his patented good-guy roles.
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.
December 21, 2007
Highly entertaining -- and mildly uncomfortable.
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
December 21, 2007
Nichols fills the edges of the screen with unforced humor.
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.
December 21, 2007
It's quite a yarn, and the filmmakers relate it with clarity and verve.
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.
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.
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.
December 20, 2007
Nichols succeeds in spinning an entertaining yarn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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