Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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Chuck Barris is best known to most Americans as the guy who used to host The Gong Show. He was also the creator and producer of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and a handful of other successful game shows in the 1960s and 1970s. But was he also a hired killer working with the CIA? That's the take-it-or-leave-it premise of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, based on the memoir of the same name by Chuck Barris. Barris (Sam Rockwell) grows up dreaming of success in show biz and winning the hearts of beautiful women, but early on, he meets with plenty of resistance from both women and the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"A picture that is surely one of the oddest ever made."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Well-acted and well-written, for mature teens+."
‑ Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
"Clooney wanted Kaufman's script delivered without corruption or softening. He has overcorrected and made a glum, almost listless movie."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Clooney directs it! How could it be any good?"
‑ Tony Medley,
"The American film of the season -- and maybe of the year, or the last couple of years..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"It's a smart, stylish, eminently watchable movie that nonetheless feels a little empty at the end."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"An intriguing, bizarre and challenging film that invites us into a world filled with larger-than-life characters and strange occurrences."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Directing a movie is no picnic, but I'll be damned if Mr. Clooney doesn't make it seem like fun."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Noir fantasy with the pop funkiness of '70s game shows"
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Fact and possible fiction amble to a photo finish as one of pop culture's nuttiest milestones."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"A terrific actor, a handsome movie star and now an accomplished director--damn you, Mr. Clooney, for making it that much more unfair for the average joe likes of myself."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Un prodigio narrativo muy diferente a todo lo que suele producir Hollywood, pero no por capricho de un director sino al servicio de una historia y de un punto de vista."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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