Charlie Wilson's War Reviews

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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.
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.
January 11, 2008
It all adds up to something very unsatisfying, and less than honest.
January 11, 2008
The surreal comedy is that every tense twist of this secret war is horribly true.
January 11, 2008
The performances are likeable and entertaining, while Nichols pumps the whole proceedings with a satisfyingly fluid, dramatic energy.
January 7, 2008
War has rarely been this much fun, but director Mike Nichols is careful to offset the mischief with a poignant reminder of the days that lay ahead.
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.
December 21, 2007
A well-intentioned wreck.
December 21, 2007
It is briskly paced, nimbly acted and crisply directed by Mike Nichols.
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.
December 21, 2007
If Charlie doesn't feel quite real, Hanks at least makes him good company.
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?
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.
December 21, 2007
The season's oddest and perhaps most effective war movie.
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