Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
August 1, 2003
Directing for the first time, Clooney turns out to be a natural when it comes to parody...
February 18, 2003
Clooney zips through a very funny first act, before becoming a little bogged down as the action enters John le Carr territory.
February 7, 2003
The American film of the season -- and maybe of the year, or the last couple of years...
January 24, 2003
A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride.
January 24, 2003
A picture that is surely one of the oddest ever made.
January 24, 2003
It's a smart, stylish, eminently watchable movie that nonetheless feels a little empty at the end.
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.
January 24, 2003
The movie makes a case for itself through sheer oddness and perversity.
January 24, 2003
Maybe the title should have been Confusions of a Dangerous Mind, though the confusion, in this case, can be pretty sublime.
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.
January 24, 2003
Who would've thought a movie about Chuck Barris could be so rich and entertaining?
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.
January 24, 2003
Rockwell lets us see all the joy, lust, self-pity, and rage with which Barris gonged himself.
January 24, 2003
Clooney makes a sharply entertaining directorial debut.
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.
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.
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.
January 23, 2003
Reinforces the talents of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, creator of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich.
January 23, 2003
The movie is compulsively watchable even if it never quite convinces you that it's much more than a fanciful story.
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