Charlie Wilson's War Reviews

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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.
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
...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.
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.
January 11, 2008
It all adds up to something very unsatisfying, and less than honest.
January 7, 2008
Charlie Wilson's War manages to be at once utterly irresponsible and mildly entertaining.
December 31, 2007
Without Philip Seymour Hoffman's Gust, this would be a mildly amusing 2-star dramedy. His deadpan punchlines elevate it beyond well-intentioned shlock
December 30, 2007
Nichols and Sorkin take the easy way out, promoting the personal tale of the roguish Wilson, rather than establishing a real socio-political context within which something insightful might have emerged
December 27, 2007
Hanks brings down the USSR superpower solo, on his down time between snuggling with herds of babes in the buff, snorting coke, and full time boozing. File this one under the Pink Elephants section.
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 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.
December 21, 2007
A well-intentioned wreck.
December 21, 2007
For a satire to bite, someone has to draw blood.
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
This is a visually and emotionally soft affair, and the material calls for something with far sharper edges.
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 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 21, 2007
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