Charlie Wilson's War
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Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers and cocaine. His "Good Time Charlie" exterior, however, masked an extraordinary mind, a deep sense of patriotism and a passion for the underdog, and in the early 1980s the underdog was Afghanistan-which had just been brutally invaded by the Russians. Charlie's longtime friend and patron and sometime lover was Joanne Herring, one of the wealthiest women in Texas and a virulent anti-communist. Believing the American response to the Russian invasion was anemic at best, she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hanks may at first seem like an unlikely choice to play a seasoned Texas playboy bachelor, but he's so ingratiating that he almost pulls it off."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The performances are likeable and entertaining, while Nichols pumps the whole proceedings with a satisfyingly fluid, dramatic energy."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Set the irony meter at eleven and enjoy."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The international intrigue becomes strained satire -- what's needed is the comic touch of a Billy Wilder."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"At a short 93 minutes, it feels as though Charlie Wilson's War was hacked up in the editing room, leaving the bare bones of the structure but little of the really juicy meat."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Hanks' performance as Wilson is tone-perfect, capturing both the public-servant seriousness and playboy rakishness of his character. And he does it without breaking a sweat."
‑ , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Nichols and Sorkin have made a Cadillac of a movie, a handsome, beautifully designed chassis with a powerful motor and luxurious attention to detail."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Aaron Sorkin has written an acute, hilarious, and informative screenplay which is rich with character, and is perfect fodder for director Mike Nichols, who has a knack for meshing comedy and drama."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Charlie Wilson's War features two characters who know how government is supposed to work. They also know it doesn't work as it is supposed to, so they have to subvert the system and go beyond it."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"All of the actors clearly relish the film's fast and busy pace, smart dialog and vivid characterisations."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"[Philip Seymour Hoffman's] rumpled, cranky spy is hilarious--George Smiley by way of Jack Black--but with an edge of quiet ferocity that makes every scene he's in play a little sharper."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"Maybe it wasn't his fault those chickens came home to roost in the form of the Taliban, but you have to wonder: Would Nichols have given Oliver North such an easy ride?"
‑ Tom Charity,
"The satire darkens not into sobering relevance but into wishy-washy 'relevance'"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Charlie Wilson's War is both funny and entertaining. In fact, as far as making political points, you kind of have to look for them."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Hanks does a great job, brimming with the sort of charisma and charm that the real Charlie Wilson presumably had in spades."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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