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Charly
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Charly

Charly

1968
Drama, Sci-fi
1h 43m
Charly is a retarded adult male struggling to survive in the world. His frequent attempts at learning, reading, and writing prove worthless. (imdb)
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73rd
71
Robertson won an Oscar for his fine work here as the title character. Often needlessly arty but is well-served by the performances of Robertson and Bloom.
Rated
65th
70
A decent adaptation of the heart-breaking short story 'Flowers for Algernon' fails to truly bring on the hurt, when the formerly retarded Charly, realises that the effect of his I.Q. treatments, that has made him a genius, are beginning to diminish. It is, however, a story so strong that it's always going to leave you with something to think about - or perhaps not - which would be a point in itself.
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41st
72
Servicable drama can't make up its mind which story threads are the most interesting - is it a sci-fi tale about the dangers of playing god? A forbidden romance? A study of whether academic intelligence matters? By never really following up on any of these intriguing ideas, the film never really becomes satisfying, despite fine work from Robertson and Bloom. At times undermined and dated by over-utilising "trendy" film-making techniques of the time (eg. split screen and psychedelic imagery).
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8th
30
I was forced to watch this in 2nd grade. Why they decided to show a movie with such a horrifying premise and ending to a bunch of 7-year-olds I'll never understand.
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32nd
50
The emotional resonance gets drowned out by some poor direction chioces. Good performances, but the TV movie from a couple years back is a better adaptation.
Avg Percentile 50.91% from 201 total ratings
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