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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Clooney fashions a style all his own: visceral, vital and churning with off-the-wall ideas. That's what makes you want to see Clooney direct again. You can feel his joy in it. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A moody picture that's filled from start to finish with camera tricks, unexpected angles and innovative flourishes. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    May not be a straightforward bio, nor does it offer much in the way of Barris' motivations, but the film is an oddly fascinating depiction of an architect of pop culture. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The finished film afflicted my own mind with an unwilling suspension of belief. I couldn't connect with it on any level, despite Sam Rockwell's terrific performance as an emotional desperado who wants only to be loved. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    All about the wacky borderlands where reality and invention intersect. But there are no safe demarcations -- no demilitarized zone, no Berlin Wall -- to cue us to which side we're operating in, or that Barris is operating in. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A perversely enjoyable entry in that new genre, the biopic of the tawdry TV personality. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    As for myself, I think he made it all up and never killed anybody. Having been involved in a weekly television show myself, I know for a melancholy fact that there is just not enough time between tapings to fly off to Helsinki and kill for my government. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A head-clearing, mind-blowing blast from the past - one of the year's best. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Screenwriter Kaufman is in fine meta-fettle here, even if he's still losing control of his material toward the end, and while it's too soon to tell whether Clooney has the stuff of a great director, he certainly knows who to hire. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Reflects the sensibilities of its director, whose comedic performances in particular have indicated a game spirit and droll sense of humor. show more

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