The Hoax Synopsis
Clifford Irving writes and sells a bogus biography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Hoax lures you in with its captivating performances.
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A personal story with broad implications for the culture as a whole.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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By edmon
This movie was a pleasant surprise in a sea of uninspiring spring films. Richard Gere and Albert Molina did a great job of portraying two reckless writers. I would endorse this film and recommend...


By numberonemoviegoers
Movie had you thinking all the way, with just enough of a twist that made you think this was fiction and not a true story. Was enjoyable to watch....

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By filmlover45
This was a very entertaining movie. Richard Gere was terrific in his role, as was Alfred Molina. There were many unexpected comic moments that lightened the material. I highly recommend The Hoax....

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By amicheline
Excellent acting by Richard Gere, the suspence and the going in and out of reality really keeps you on the edge of your seat. I found the movie very entertaining....

A Cut Above the Din of Usual Hollywood Fare

By mcdonald928
This movie has a fascinating historical basis, but above all it is a movie about 'lies, and the lying liars who tell them' (to borrow a phrase from Al Franken). Richard Gere gives a great performance...

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By balconysmalcony
A solid film from beginning to end. Richard Gere becomes Howard Hughes....

It was good for Sunday Night

By Lyat0298
The actor play good, some bad sceen but overall I recommend to see....

so much better than I thought

By lizbern
What a great film -- tight, suspenseful, and terrific acting....

Hoax homerun

By cinemaista
Excellent story-telling. Kept me interested throughout. Great pace, and weaving back and forth in time. Gere is superb in the part!...

Pretty good!

By noonespecial
I had very low expectations going into the movie. But found myself at attention throughout. Gere did a phenomonal job and the script was well written...

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Rated R | For language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Amoral con artist's true tale will pull adults in.
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