Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 50
    Pretentious and self-indulgent -- those two words come to mind when considering CQ.
  2. 20
    Writer-director Roman Coppola is trying to capture a time he's too young to remember, when the French New Wave reinvigorated film art.
  3. Coppola, who has made clever music videos, including the one for Moby's ''Honey,'' clearly had a lot of fun detailing the mod cheesiness of this intergalactic period piece, though the satire would have been more ticklish if ''Austin Powers'' hadn't gotten there first.
  4. 60
    A triumph of art direction over narrative, but what art direction!
  5. Not everything in this ambitious comic escapade works, but Coppola, along with his sister, Sofia, is a real filmmaker. It must be in the genes.
  6. Coppola's satirical debut movie is too ambitious for its own good. The cast is good, though, and ambition isn't the worst fault a fledgling filmmaker can have.
  7. Exceptionally likable and affecting as well as entertaining.
  8. CQ is a movie for movie-lovers, by a movie-lover: Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford and a successful commercial and video director in his own right, making a witty, whimsical feature debut.
  9. 78
    It may not be art, but it's vastly more entertaining than anything Coppola senior has done in far too long.
  10. A charming, spirited movie for cinephiles, or those who aspire to be. It's the kind of movie every kid in film school wanted to make but didn't have the father to produce.
  11. 80
    May not make the splash it should; films about moviemaking rarely do. And that would be a shame, because the contrasts the director sets in motion and keeps playing against each other make an entertaining wrestling match.
  12. 80
    A frothy, sexy, '60s delight with a movie lover's heart.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Roman Coppola's first film has sympathetic aims but is distressingly lacking in flair, style, wit or fun.
  14. May have more enthusiasm and attitude than good story sense, but it, too, is the work of someone who might be at this game for a long time.
  15. CQ has a modicum of IQ and a dash of style -- the jury's still out on the extent of the inheritance, but the kid clearly learned something at his pater'sknee.
  16. Good-natured and fun, the Austin Powers silliness of the era shines through, and Coppola family art director Dean Tavoularis ("Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather" trilogy) makes the film -- and its kitschy film-within-the-film -- look consistently terrific.
  17. 60
    It looks great -- thanks in large part to production designer Dean Tavoularis and Wes Anderson cinematographer Robert Yeoman -- but just as importantly, it looks like it's interesting. Ultimately, it's not, but that almost doesn't matter.
  18. It's a feel-good movie for people tired of paying to feel bad. Bring it on.
  19. 63
    Coppola sure knows his late-'60s cinema and he's meticulous in reconstructing the style of the era.
  20. 30
    Endearing but pointless, at once cluttered and tinny, this film-dork fantasia suggests a shopping spree at a high-end vintage emporium underwritten by Daddy's blank check.
  21. 50
    The result is stylish but awfully slim.
  22. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    While I personally love this movie, I’m not sure how well received a film about a frustrated filmmaker seeking creative solutions in his personal life and work life is going to be to the average moviegoer.
  23. Reviewed by: Jonathan Curiel
    The film deserves some kind of honor for its campy originality, smart and funny dialogue, and provocative yet sensitive look at the making of a film circa 1969.
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Fujiwara
    Triumphs over its own trendiness only by being vapid and superficial.
  25. Reviewed by: John Powers
    CQ is modest, especially for something bearing the grandiose family name, and it possesses both a tenderness and a quiet intelligence.
  26. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    A certain sexiness underlines even the dullest tangents, bouncing along to the all-too-essential groovy soundtrack.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. JayH.
    Apr 6, 2008
    This movie has some hits as well as some misses. Roman Coppola's is ambitious but his direction is unpolished. He complicates the film This movie has some hits as well as some misses. Roman Coppola's is ambitious but his direction is unpolished. He complicates the film more than he needed too. Decent effort to recreate the era, and I liked the art direction and score. Giancarlo Giannini is memorable. Full Review »