Charlie Wilson's War Synopsis
A congressman, a socialite and a CIA agent boost funding for covert operations in Afghanistan.
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By James Berardinelli
With its rapid pace, smart screenplay, and top-notch acting, this is one of the 2007 Oscar season's most appealing and compelling adult...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's all about a likable scoundrel who discovers what it means to act out of conviction. The film's underlying twist, though, is tartly...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Like Sorkin's D.C.-set TV series, "West Wing," his script for Charlie Wilson's War is full of rapid-fire badinage, with movers and shakers...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Of all the Middle East-theme movies this season, Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War is the least political and most entertaining. That...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Clever and enjoyable.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is definitely the year of Philip Seymour Hoffman.In Charlie Wilson's War, he and Tom Hanks make a particularly sharp and engaging duo,...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Rude, crude and hilarious, whether he's hitting on Joanne or brokering the sale of Soviet weapons through Israel and Islamic Pakistan,...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In this film, directed by Mike Nichols in one of his most satirical moods and scripted by Hollywood's most politically astute writer Aaron...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Is, in its way, an apolitical comedy about politics. Or at least a naïve one, since those weapons likely eventually made their way into the...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a fascinating story, but Mr. Nichols and his actors never stop reminding us how fascinating it is. With the exception of Mr. Hoffman,...
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Certainly not a history lesson...

By Jaycee5
Let me start out by saying that this movie is fantastic, Julia Roberts is a bit predictable with a bad accent but Tom Hanks was...well...Tom Hanks. Amazing as always. This movie is not “thought...

Sophiscated, Witty and Ironic.

By Free_Movies_4_Life
I saw an advaced screening of Charlie Wilsons War on 12-20-07. Right from the start you can tell it is a movie for adults based on the topic. Most young adults wont understand the politics involved,...

An assumption and I do not want to see

By mecharliebrown
Making a prediction based on the track record of the leftist pig filled Hollywood. This is another attempt by the liberals to change history in which they are falsely giving credit for the fall of...

Excellent

By RandytheMovieFan
Great acting, well written, superb production values, a nice history lession and extremely relevant today. Couldn't make a better film choice today. And it's even very funny at times too!...

this isnt a review i just wanted to say the guy below me is an idiot

By MovieReviewer1990
its a movie chill out...

entertaining....

By CTWM84
tom hanks and julia roberts are wonderful in this movie. though if any of it is as true as the movie then im once again disgusted with how the government spends our money! but like i said good movie...

GREAT ACTING

By DOUG158
Unfortunately, highlights lost opportunities this country had when it comes to Afghanistan....

Interesting but not groundbreaking

By HPCR
My son (15) and I had a good time. The story is interesting and the movie is well done. yet, I was expecting more with such a cast....

Charlie Wilson's War

By Lynnjack8
We thought it was incredibly well done! Gave info we were not aware of re: Afghanistan, et. And a confirmation of how we feel our government/congress works/doesn't work with our tax dollars. Tom...

Comedy was great!

By bkalex
Some of the propagandish portrayals of anti-soviet policy during the cold war bothered me a bit. I guess it's supposed to be a story of a 'fck-up' in american foreign policy. But, at times it...

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Rated R | For strong language, nudity, sexual/content and some drug use
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