Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 14, 2013
    38
    The actor/walking disaster known as Charlie Sheen gives a perfectly credible performance here. It’s the rest of the film that tries your patience.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Feb 26, 2013
    67
    As the anticipated follow-up to Roman Coppola’s marvelous 2001 film “CQ,” this is something of a letdown, but as a breezy romp it could be far, far worse.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 15, 2013
    25
    That was probably writer-director Roman Coppola's main responsibility in "Charles Swan," to give the audience a character worth watching. Get that right, and everything else falls into place. Get that wrong, and the audience finds out just how long 84 minutes can be. The answer: really long.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 13, 2013
    25
    A film is a terrible thing to waste. For Roman Coppola to waste one on A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a sad sight to behold. I'll go further. For Charlie Sheen to waste a role in it is also a great pity. I stop not: For Bill Murray to occupy his time in this dreck sandwich is a calamity.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 13, 2013
    50
    No less sweet for being unoriginal: A guy (Charlie Sheen) mourns a bad breakup with the woman he loves (Katheryn Winnick). The execution, on the other hand, is perilously self-absorbed.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 13, 2013
    30
    A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a curious mess, a movie that doesn’t really seem to have any reason to exist, other than maybe to give writer and director Roman Coppola and star Charlie Sheen something to do for a few weeks.
  7. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Feb 9, 2013
    40
    As the film progresses, the actor fails to progress with it: As Charles Swan seems to become more aware of his loneliness, Charlie Sheen seems to become more protective of his Charlie Sheen–ness.
  8. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Feb 8, 2013
    60
    The moody picture even swings toward hopeful in its final minutes, as it tries to celebrate Charles as the man he is, faults and all. It's enough to leave you wondering whether even a glimpse inside this mind is too much.
  9. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 7, 2013
    25
    So feeble it fails even as train-wreck exploitation. I’d be unkind, but not entirely inaccurate, to label Coppola’s sophomoric, er, sophomore effort as a director an offer you can refuse.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 7, 2013
    50
    The earnest passages mostly just lie there; the film works best on its frilly, exuberant surface, as a valentine to Streamline Moderne, Pop Art and L.A.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 7, 2013
    30
    For all its visual pizazz A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III has the jerky momentum of a collection of disconnected skits loosely thrown together with only the vaguest notion of where it’s heading or what it all means. At best it is a mildly diverting goof with a charmless lead performance. Its underlying misogyny leaves a sour taste.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Feb 7, 2013
    40
    All this eye candy is ultimately only about as engaging as watching kids at play, which is what Sheen and Schwartzman seem to be doing. I can’t argue that this isn’t an accurate glimpse inside some man’s mind — perhaps Austin Powers?
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 7, 2013
    20
    Swan is so eager to be a trippy comic lark that it ends up resembling a clown trying to fit through a pea-shooter.
  14. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 6, 2013
    0
    It isn’t a movie so much as a feature-length perfume commercial for a Charlie Sheen signature cologne with gorgeous packaging and absolutely nothing inside.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 5, 2013
    20
    Seriously, this is one of the strangest and most painful films in recent memory.
  16. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Feb 5, 2013
    30
    With such an in-house cast of extended Coppola family sparklers, one would think things couldn’t go too wrong in the comedy department, but they have little chance to oil the wheels of a creaky script written around Sheen.
  17. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Feb 5, 2013
    60
    Swan is more of a doodle than a fully formed idea, though not necessarily less enjoyable for it, since it was clearly intended to be an undisciplined, anything-goes kinda story.
  18. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Feb 5, 2013
    67
    A film of surface pleasures, even joys, but those joys seem to be longing for a central idea around which to coalesce.
  19. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Feb 5, 2013
    40
    With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work.
  20. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 5, 2013
    40
    Fellini used to get away with such slender crises, but he had Marcello Mastrioanni behind the shades, as well as a more vivid penchant for psychosexual fantasy. Coppola and Swan are stuck in their obsessions with dorky album art and old-man cocktails at Musso & Frank. A precious, arid thing, Glimpse arrives pinned to Styrofoam like a prize arthropod.
  21. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 8, 2013
    25
    The film speeds ahead with almost gleeful disinterest in dealing with the narrative challenges it sets up before resolving them in the most perfunctory ways imaginable.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Mar 14, 2013
    10
    i enjoyed this movie a lot, i still don't know why, but hell, i guess i'm a massive charlie sheen fanboy, it has a tasteful visual style, some good performances, and militarized feminists... need i say more? Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2013
    2
    The co-writer of Moonrise Kingdom and relative of one of the best directors ever (Francis Ford Coppola) disappoints everyone with this poorly directed and written comedy not to mention a terrible performance by Charlie Sheen. I expected more. Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2013
    1
    i was hoping this would be good but it was just a weird documentary on the life of Charlie Sheen which no one is interested in. Billy Murray i know you only do films because your pal Wes Anderson makes them but you should of sat this one out. Full Review »