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  • Summary: An exhilarating combination of romance and suspense ignites sparks of all kinds against the backdrop of an edgy, modern Paris in The Truth About Charlie, Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme's fresh take on the 1963 Stanley Donen film "Charade." (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. 88
    A sophisticated thrill. And incandescent Thandie Newton is a worthy successor to Audrey Hepburn in 'Charade.'
  2. Chalk this razzle-dazzle chase picture up as effective Friday-night entertainment, not the heart-stirring romantic thriller it might have been. That's the real truth about "Charlie."
  3. 70
    Viewers will be split between those who wonder about this silly, trumped-up story and those who already know and love the silliness for what it was. [4 November 2002, p. 110]
  4. 60
    You may be taken by the director's enormous enthusiasm, but the picture doesn't quite work.
  5. A sometimes interesting remake that doesn't compare to the brilliant original.
  6. Neither the script nor the direction nor the acting has been able to make these characters into ones we want to invest ourselves in. The Truth About Charlie is one very busy film, but it's really not going anywhere.
  7. 30
    At once listless and overheated, giddy and utterly zipless, the current incarnation lacks not just the savoir-faire of its stylish predecessor but also the sex appeal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. JohnS.
    Aug 31, 2007
    It was a good movie not as good as the original but pretty good on its own.
  2. James
    Jun 7, 2006
    Appalling. It's not like there wasn't a formula for the makers of this pointless remake to follow, the original worked, it could Appalling. It's not like there wasn't a formula for the makers of this pointless remake to follow, the original worked, it could have been updated, if not equalled. Instead, Demme throws out everything that made the original great - romance, humor, suspense, intelligent pacing, all so he can make a movie that seems to parody mainstream genre films and act as a self-satisfied exercise in "New Wave" mimicry. Except the "New Wave" films were just that, new, they were doing something original. Demme's film seems an excuse for him to enjoy working in Paris, it certainly isn't coherent. Plot elements are raised, then forgotten, and what on earth is the crazy mother who murders people doing here, is this a comedy? And the finale, in which the characters seem to lose interest in the mystery, just as the audience has done by this point. Moronic. The definition of the pointless remake, makes Gos Van Sant's "Psycho" seem creative and original. Garbage. Expand

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