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In 1961, Cliff Robertson starred in The Two Worlds of Charley Gordon, a TV adaptation of Daniel Keyes' story Flowers for Algernon. Determined not to lose out on the film version of this play as he'd done with Days of Wine and Roses, Robertson bought up the movie rights to Keyes' story so that he and he alone would star. This determination paid off in the form of the Best Actor Academy Award for Robertson in 1968. The star plays Charly, a 30-year-old mentally retarded bakery worker. Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Nemur (Leon Janney) and psychiatrist Dr. Anna Straus (Lilia Skala) approach… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I'm told by someone whose opinion I respect that the novel was very moving and very sad. The movie is not. It's science-fiction without gadgets, a horror film without thrills."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Cliff Robertson was rewarded with an Oscar for repeating his TV role, that of a mentally retarded man, and for paying with his own money for the screen adaptation of the popular novel, directed in a pedestrian mode by Ralph Nelson."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"another example of a memorable book which ends up diluted by the lesser talents of screenwriters"
‑ David Bezanson,
"A clumsy attempt to marry social drama with in-vogue, trippy sci-fi."
‑ , Film4
"As the story of a personality in crisis, it works."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This moving film is the crowning achievement of Cliff Robertson's career."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Well-acted drama about a retarded man who is turned into a genius in a scientific experiment and then regresses to his original state again."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"The film's main problem is that director Ralph Nelson virtually ignores the philosophical elements of the story and emphasizes its most maudlin aspects, while throwing in a little sci-fi, romance, and spurious social commentary."
‑ Michael Scheinfeld, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...the fact that the majority of Charly feels utterly superfluous."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Click to read the article."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
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