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The Truth About Charlie Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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?
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November 9, 2002
The truth is that The Truth About Charlie gets increasingly tiresome.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 29, 2002
The Truth About Charlie isn't stupid or dull, but it has just too many flaws for me to recommend it.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 26, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 26, 2002
It almost feels as if the movie is more interested in entertaining itself than in amusing us.
| Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 26, 2002
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 25, 2002
At once listless and overheated, giddy and utterly zipless.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 25, 2002
An uneven but engaging remake of the 1963 romantic caper Charade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 25, 2002
Charade was magic; Charlie isn't, but it's a pleasant Paris-flavored treat, beret or no.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
October 25, 2002
It's a sometimes interesting remake that doesn't compare to the brilliant original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 25, 2002
Entertaining but instantly forgettable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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.
| Original Score: D+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 25, 2002
An almost dizzying experience, but pleasantly so.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 25, 2002
It's messy in the best and worst ways -- tremendously vivid but narratively overwrought.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 25, 2002
Apparently, Charade is one of Jonathan Demme's favorite films. So he decided to ruin it.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 24, 2002
A slow-motion train wreck, a blundering re-imagining of the original through modern, edgy eyes.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2002
One of those movies where you have to believe everyone had a ball making the film.