The Hoax
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Director Lasse Hallström offers a brisk account of the scam that shook the literary community with this semi-comic biographical drama starring Richard Gere as the man who sold a fraudulent biography of Howard Hughes to publishing giant McGraw Hill. The year was 1971; the Vietnam War was raging and protestors filled the streets. Clifford Irving (Gere) was a struggling author with bold ambitions, and the determination needed to see them through. When Irving's attempt to sell his latest novel to McGraw Hill via his in-house publisher, Andrea Tate (Hope Davis), falls through at the last… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Ultimately, these smart, zeitgeisty riffs are just as implausible as the idea of an authorised Howard Hughes autobiography."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The Hoax is the real thing. It's a breezy, engaging caper. It's like a heist film of the 1970s, but the pilferers are literary men not bank robbers."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Despite good energy and a source with ample potential, the film is held back by trite ideas."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Very enjoyable."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"Highly entertaining."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"... a serious and amusing black farce that does without obvious heroes or villains ..."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Que Irving queira se sentir importante, é compreensível; que sua suposta cinebiografia compartilhe da fraude, nem tanto."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Despite making Clifford Irving into a grubby suburbanite rather than the mischievous Abby Hoffman figure he really was, the film is generally entertaining a good introduction to the greatest literary hoax of all time."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"At times the film becomes more about Richard Gere and his Oscar grab than about the story... But the bait-and-switch moments as Irving plays the media are the highlights."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"I've never been a fan of Richard Gere, but he gives the performance of his career as Clifford Irving."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Gere persuasively portrays a guy whose confidence blossoms as he makes the discovery that as his lies grow so does the ease with which he tells them."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"An amazing story filled with twists, turns, intrigue, betrayals, hallucinations and close calls."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"...breezy, light-hearted..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Amoral con artist's true tale will pull adults in."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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