Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) produces game shows for television and leads a double life as a CIA assassin.
" 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. "
" Clooney makes a sharply entertaining directorial debut. "
" The movie makes a case for itself through sheer oddness and perversity. "
" A picture that is surely one of the oddest ever made. "
" [Clooney] and Kaufman have crafted a truly bizarro masterpiece -- the kind made for instant cult status and midnight runs. "
" Maybe the title should have been Confusions of a Dangerous Mind, though the confusion, in this case, can be pretty sublime. "
" The movie is compulsively watchable even if it never quite convinces you that it's much more than a fanciful story. "
" 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. "
" Who would've thought a movie about Chuck Barris could be so rich and entertaining? "
" A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride. "
" Rockwell lets us see all the joy, lust, self-pity, and rage with which Barris gonged himself. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Reinforces the talents of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, creator of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. "
" 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. "
" It's a smart, stylish, eminently watchable movie that nonetheless feels a little empty at the end. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The American film of the season -- and maybe of the year, or the last couple of years... "
" 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. "
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