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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 2, 2003
There's nothing terribly witty, clever, satirical, or irreverent about Charlie Kauffman's screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
Clooney wanted Kaufman's script delivered without corruption or softening. He has overcorrected and made a glum, almost listless movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Tyler
December 10, 2002
Just isn't as weird as it ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Granger
December 27, 2002
This cynical, ludicrous, self-indulgent, dark comedy is like "A Beautiful Mind" on an acid trip as it chronicles Chuck Barris's "downward spiral of debauchery."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 11, 2003
Because of movies like this, nostalgia just ain't what it used to be.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 2, 2003
...a one-note character study about an unhappy, insecure, delusional paranoiac, whose assassin gimmick wears thin almost before it gets started.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 24, 2003
I have to confess there's nothing very dangerous going on in a comedy that is neither as twistedly weird as your average Gong Show contestant nor as arch as an interview on The Newlywed Game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 27, 2003
far less compelling than the trailer indicates-a film that you may not immediately 'Gong' while watching
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 23, 2002
...should've been a lot better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Clooney directs it! How could it be any good?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Chuck Rudolph
Slant Magazine
December 27, 2002
The overload of murders and double-crosses make Barris's life seem more and more like the folly of a screenwriter's imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 23, 2003
Throws out so much and so quickly that the hit-to-miss ratio is rather poor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Guylaine Cadorette
January 13, 2003
In his directorial debut, George Clooney delivers a highly stylized biopic that showcases the confessions of an absurd mind rather than a dangerous one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Darrin Keene
Film Threat
January 7, 2003
The ingredients were there for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to become a cult classic, but the resulting film is a tedious Hollywood yawner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 1, 2003
There's nothing dangerous about Chuck Barris' mind. Unfortunately, there's not much interesting about it either.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
January 25, 2003
Is it an irreverent comedy, but without laughs? Or an espionage thriller without thrills?
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 22, 2003
The movie is like a party that you can't remember attending the next morning.
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John Urbancich
Your Movies (
January 23, 2003
It doesn't quite deserve the gong, but there are more fascinating acts than "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 9, 2003
Too succinct and too straightforward for its enigmatic subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2003
The movie feels like it's going to be great, and it carries on feeling that way for a long time, but takeoff just never happens.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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