The Hoax
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The writer Clifford Irving nearly pulled off one of the most audacious media scams in history when his "autobiography" of Howard Hughes was published. Irving claimed the book was based on in-person interviews with the reclusive billionaire, but they were, in fact, completely bogus.
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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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