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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Brimming with slightly self-conscious directorial panache, the movie zips between nearly three decades, fantasy and reality without ever really deciding how seriously it wants to take itself.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 7, 2003
The American film of the season -- and maybe of the year, or the last couple of years...
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 24, 2003
A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 24, 2003
A picture that is surely one of the oddest ever made.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 24, 2003
It's a smart, stylish, eminently watchable movie that nonetheless feels a little empty at the end.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 24, 2003
Clooney, who on the basis of this movie has a big career ahead of him behind the camera, demonstrates a real flair for visual comedy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2003
The movie makes a case for itself through sheer oddness and perversity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 24, 2003
Maybe the title should have been Confusions of a Dangerous Mind, though the confusion, in this case, can be pretty sublime.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 24, 2003
This somber, draggy movie, which is nothing like the breezy, lunatic comedy its TV ads promise, takes Barris' claims at face value and plays them for stone-faced drama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 24, 2003
Who would've thought a movie about Chuck Barris could be so rich and entertaining?
| Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 24, 2003
A blast from beginning to end and shows first-time director George Clooney is equal parts fearless, brilliant and perhaps daft. But an intriguing daftness it is.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 24, 2003
Rockwell lets us see all the joy, lust, self-pity, and rage with which Barris gonged himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 24, 2003
Clooney makes a sharply entertaining directorial debut.
| Original Score: B+
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 24, 2003
Not only intriguing as a story but great to look at, a marriage of bright pop images from the 1960s and 1970s and dark, cold spyscapes that seem to have wandered in from John le Carre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 23, 2003
You won't believe much of it, but you will laugh at the audacity, at the who's who casting and the sheer insanity of it all.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 23, 2003
Reinforces the talents of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, creator of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 23, 2003
The movie is compulsively watchable even if it never quite convinces you that it's much more than a fanciful story.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 23, 2003
Rockwell is wonderful throughout, capturing Barris' inherent sleaziness and insecurity as well as, well, the vision of the man who could be called the godfather of reality TV.
| Original Score: B+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 20, 2003
Confessions isn't always coherent, but it's sharply comic and surprisingly touching, so hold the gong.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
January 17, 2003
Mr. Clooney, Mr. Kaufman and all their collaborators are entitled to take a deep bow for fashioning an engrossing entertainment out of an almost sure-fire prescription for a critical and commercial disaster.
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January 17, 2003
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind works best as a rollicking trip through the pop culture of the '60s and '70s.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2003
The problem with making a movie about a hollow man is that, when things start to get heavy, you're stuck with nothingness at the core.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 2, 2003
Confessions may not be a straightforward bio, nor does it offer much in the way of Barris' motivations, but the film is an oddly fascinating depiction of an architect of pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 2, 2003
Never mind whether you buy the stuff about Barris being a CIA hit man. The kooky yet shadowy vision Clooney sustains throughout is daring, inventive and impressive.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 2, 2003
A film so tedious that it is impossible to care whether that boast is true or not.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 2, 2003
An irresistible sham.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 2, 2003
A head-clearing, mind-blowing blast from the past -- one of the year's best.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 2, 2003
There's nothing terribly witty, clever, satirical, or irreverent about Charlie Kauffman's screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Mitchell
New York Times
December 31, 2002
A good piece of work more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 30, 2002
Now as a former Gong Show addict, I'll admit it, my only complaint is that we didn't get more re-creations of all those famous moments from the show.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 25, 2002
The movie is, finally, an enigma, not because of Barris's monstrous fibbing, but because it resists being experienced as satire for the sake of its own satirical integrity.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
December 19, 2002
Rockwell delivers a performance admirable in its hustling sweatiness.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 10, 2002
A powerful and creative film.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2002
Stealthily thought-provoking and brashly entertaining.