Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 15, 2003
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rockwell is spot-on as Barris, and Clooney directs with entertaining style and flair.

Time Out

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

A picture that is surely one of the oddest ever made.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Though the real-life Barris has yet to confirm or deny his double life as detailed in his autobiography of the same name, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is an fascinating tale about an even more fascinating guy.

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Andrew O'Hehir

The American film of the season -- and maybe of the year, or the last couple of years...

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a smart, stylish, eminently watchable movie that nonetheless feels a little empty at the end.

Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

Well-acted and well-written, for mature teens+.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A darkly enjoyable roller-coaster ride.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

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.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

An intriguing, bizarre and challenging film that invites us into a world filled with larger-than-life characters and strange occurrences.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
His future was uncertain. His every move was being watched. Very Good Film! One of Charlie Kaufman's more overlooked and underrated screenplays,… More
Sam Barnett
George Clooney clearly had fun directing this movie, as there are all sorts of neat-looking details going on. Unfortunately, Charlie Kaufman's least daring… More
Melvin White
Jim Byrd: You're an assassination enthusiast, a murder buff. "Some Things Are Better Left Top Secret" Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is an… More
Ross Collins
Typical Charlie Kaufman script with our anti-hero protagonist being a very male Jewish American with social issues and a melancholy philosophy on life. Strong… More
Spencer S.
This is one of those films that took forever to get made, had a lot of turnover in terms of casting, directors, and screenwriters. Because this film did take… More
familiar stranger
Not as impressive as to what I was looking forward to, but worked as a pastime. Nevertheless, its tagline continues to be among my most favorites.