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Charlie Wilson's War Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

… Oscar-grubbing kind of movie … Read full review

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  • 4.0
    69

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's a fascinating story, but Mr. Nichols and his actors never stop reminding us how fascinating it is. With the exception of Mr. Hoffman, a master of understatement, everyone acts up a storm, yet context is lacking.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    In this film, directed by Mike Nichols in one of his most satirical moods and scripted by Hollywood's most politically astute writer Aaron Sorkin, a womanizing, alcoholic, easily tempted bachelor gets elected in a Texas district that doesn't care what he does as long as he brings home the bacon.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This is definitely the year of Philip Seymour Hoffman.In Charlie Wilson's War, he and Tom Hanks make a particularly sharp and engaging duo, bouncing clever lines off each other as if it were a verbal ping-pong match.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's all about a likable scoundrel who discovers what it means to act out of conviction. The film's underlying twist, though, is tartly ironic.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    With its rapid pace, smart screenplay, and top-notch acting, this is one of the 2007 Oscar season's most appealing and compelling adult motion pictures.

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