San Francisco Chronicle

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.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Exceptionally likable and affecting as well as entertaining.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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.
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New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
Coppola sure knows his late-'60s cinema and he's meticulous in reconstructing the style of the era.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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Boston Globe

Triumphs over its own trendiness only by being vapid and superficial.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Writer-director Roman Coppola is trying to capture a time he's too young to remember, when the French New Wave reinvigorated film art.
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56 out of 100
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