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The Truth About Charlie Reviews

January 16, 2003
I realize that Mark Wahlberg is not Cary Grant, but shouldn't there be some compensating reason for his presence in this movie?
November 9, 2002
The truth is that The Truth About Charlie gets increasingly tiresome.
November 6, 2002
It's a forgery that diminishes not only the originality and pleasure of the film it copies, but also the entire school of filmmaking it wants to emulate.
November 6, 2002
May not be and should not be everyone's cup of tea, but at the end of it, I felt a guilty affection for all its participants.
October 29, 2002
The affectionate loopiness that once seemed congenital to Demme's perspective has a tough time emerging from between the badly dated cutesy-pie mystery scenario and the newfangled Hollywood post-production effects.
October 29, 2002
The Truth About Charlie isn't stupid or dull, but it has just too many flaws for me to recommend it.
October 26, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 26, 2002
It almost feels as if the movie is more interested in entertaining itself than in amusing us.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 26, 2002
Newton draws our attention like a magnet, and acts circles around her better known co-star, Mark Wahlberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
At once listless and overheated, giddy and utterly zipless.
October 25, 2002
An uneven but engaging remake of the 1963 romantic caper Charade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2002
Charade was magic; Charlie isn't, but it's a pleasant Paris-flavored treat, beret or no.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
It's a sometimes interesting remake that doesn't compare to the brilliant original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2002
I just sort of went along for the quasi-enjoyable ride in The Truth About Charlie, crappy and nonsensical as it may be on the whole.
October 25, 2002
Demme can't sustain the fizz, but seeing a real filmmaker try and fall short is still more fun than watching a hack hit the mark.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2002
A movie that, rather than skip along the Seine, more or less slogs its way through soggy Paris, tongue uncomfortably in cheek.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 25, 2002
Entertaining but instantly forgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2002
There is a light, carefree bounce to much of Charlie that makes the film a rollicking good time even after its plot has become a drag.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2002
Not counting a few gross-out comedies I've been trying to forget, this is the first film in a long time that made me want to bolt the theater in the first 10 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: D+
October 25, 2002
Where a melting little meringue is wanted, Demme delivers a big, doughy sticky-bun of a movie, stuffed with little currants of other films.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2002
An almost dizzying experience, but pleasantly so.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2002
No matter how you slice it, Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton are not Hepburn and Grant, two cinematic icons with chemistry galore.
October 25, 2002
If it is true that there will never be another Audrey Hepburn, and it is, I submit it is also true that there will never be another Thandie Newton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
It's messy in the best and worst ways -- tremendously vivid but narratively overwrought.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2002
Apparently, Charade is one of Jonathan Demme's favorite films. So he decided to ruin it.
October 24, 2002
Most of the film's allure comes from the sensual, butter-voiced Thandie Newton; with her, Mr. Demme has found the 21st-century corollary to Audrey Hepburn.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2002
Had Demme had another round of script conferences (or maybe 10 rounds less?), this story might have found the right ratio of zaniness and actual narrative strength.
October 24, 2002
Excessively clever and minimally charming, so eager to demonstrate its undeniable cinematic skills that it ends up outsmarting itself, showing off for its own pleasure when it should be trying to satisfy the rest of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2002
The ferociously talented Thandie Newton is responsible for the film's satisfying fullness. Its emptiness is largely due to a wan Mark Wahlberg.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 24, 2002
A slow-motion train wreck, a blundering re-imagining of the original through modern, edgy eyes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2002
Here is a love story for movie lovers, one in which Demme opens his arms to old Hollywood, the New Wave, and lissome Newton for one breathless embrace.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2002
The truth about The Truth About Charlie is that it's no Charade, the 1963 romantic comedy-mystery on which it is based. It's better, in almost every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2002
Demme gets a lot of flavor and spice into his Charade remake, but he can't disguise that he's spiffing up leftovers that aren't so substantial or fresh.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 24, 2002
The boyish, goofily smiling Wahlberg is egregiously out of place as the kind of charming-ambiguous dreamboat you'd have to be Cary Grant to pull off.
October 24, 2002
It would be hard to think of a recent movie that has worked this hard to achieve this little fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 22, 2002
The progression of Charlie from a cinematic lark into a yarn that becomes pretty knotty takes a good deal of the helium out of it.
October 21, 2002
One of those movies where you have to believe everyone had a ball making the film.