91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Gere is terrific at suggesting the kind of addictive cocktail of excitement, panic, chutzpah, creativity, and naked hunger for fame and megabucks that might inspire such big, fat lies.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Hoax makes the fakery of disgraced writers Jayson Blair, James Frey and Stephen Glass seem puny by comparison. Irving was the grand master, and Gere's portrait and Hallström's movie suggest why: He almost bought his own story, believed his own outrageous pack of lies.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Gere gives 'em the old razzle-dazzle with his roguish charm and sharp comic timing. The surprise is the unexpected feeling he brings to this challenging role.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Hoax lures you in with its captivating performances.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Richard James Havis
Entertaining and piquant. The film does possess some of the bittersweet qualities that usually mark Hallstrom's films, but it's generally a tougher, more incisive work that ranks as one of his best.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A personal story with broad implications for the culture as a whole.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The only thing missing from The Hoax might be a couple of songs. It's that breezy and fleet a movie.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Isn't all it could have been. But the filmmakers catch the right glittery look and paranoid intensity, and they make gutsy speculations about the story beneath the story.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's hard to get a fix on what Hallstrom had in mind. The first half of the movie plays like a frenetic caper comedy...The second half turns psychologically dark.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The narrative engine leaves the rails when Irving, like Hughes, plunges into paranoia (though Irving actually is the object of a high-level plot) and the style turns to the sort of intensely manipulated surrealism that Charlie Kaufman practiced, not successfully, in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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