The Truth About Charlie
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Director Jonathan Demme filters the classic Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant vehicle Charade through the influence of the French New Wave in this stylish romantic thriller. Regina Lambert (Thandie Newton) has been having second thoughts about her marriage to the often enigmatic art dealer Charlie (Stephen Dillane), and decides to take a vacation without him, where she meets Joshua Peters (Mark Wahlberg), a handsome and charming American who seems quite taken with her. When Regina returns home to Paris, she receives the startling news that her husband has been murdered; however, even more… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I realize that Mark Wahlberg is not Cary Grant, but shouldn't there be some compensating reason for his presence in this movie?"
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"May not be and should not be everyone's cup of tea, but at the end of it, I felt a guilty affection for all its participants."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A bad remake of a good movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Apaixonado por sua própria 'sabedoria' ao transformar esta refilmagem em uma homenagem à nouvelle vague, Demme cria um filme irritante e confuso em seu tom e em seus propósitos, prejudicando-se ainda mais em função da péssima performance de Newton."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"[Demme] zigs and zags and drags his camera through Paris with an abandon he hasn't displayed since his days toiling on the Roger Corman assembly line or shooting Something Wild."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer
"The truth is that The Truth About Charlie gets increasingly tiresome."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The affectionate loopiness that once seemed congenital to Demme's perspective has a tough time emerging from between the badly dated cutesy-pie mystery scenario and the newfangled Hollywood post-production effects."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Newton's a radiant beam of beguiling star power in this stylish muddle."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Demme finally succeeds in diminishing his stature from Oscar-winning master to lowly studio hack."
‑ Michael Dubois, Movieline
"Wahlberg comes across as a retired underwear model."
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"It's a forgery that diminishes not only the originality and pleasure of the film it copies, but also the entire school of filmmaking it wants to emulate."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The Truth About Charlie isn't stupid or dull, but it has just too many flaws for me to recommend it."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"... a story as mixed up (yet with an outcome as predictable) as a plate of spaghetti."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"Jonathan Demme's fumbled remake of Charade tries to mix old-fashioned champagne romance with straight-from-the-bottle swigs of New Wave style."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The truth about Charlie is that there's so much more here than you've been led to believe."
‑ Keith Uhlich,
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