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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

2002
Comedy
Drama
1h 53m
Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. This is the story of the double life of legendary showman Chuck Barris - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night.
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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

2002
Comedy
Drama
1h 53m
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Rated 20 Jan 2007
96
99th
An absolutely amazing debut from director George Clooney. An offbeat movie for sure with some odd laughs properly placed, great cast, great dialog and fantastic visual tricks and style. One of the best movies around.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
95th
This is one dark and groovy flick. Sam Rockwell should be in more movies because he can actually carry his own film. George Clooney also shows some skill behind the camera.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
87th
Gorgeous cinematography, and a compelling story that never promises a happy ending. Sam Rockwell is genius, and George Clooney and Co. know exactly how to play off of him. Simply wonderful.
Rated 12 Sep 2009
96
94th
Sam Rockwell lights up the screen with George Clooney excellently directing Charlie Kaufman's interesting and well written script.
Rated 04 Jun 2010
80
78th
As much as I enjoyed this, it pains me to hear that Clooney changed a great deal of Charlie Kaufman's script. Knowing his history it's hard for me to think this movie wouldn't have been so much better had his script been left more alone. As it stands it's still a fun and interesting movie, featuring Sam Rockwell doing what he does best (incredible acting).
Rated 28 Oct 2010
45
34th
Mostly well-done as far as it goes, but the point of the whole absurd thing eluded this viewer. Neither as a commentary on television nor as an exploration of the protagonist's psyche can this be considered successful, despite the fact that Clooney was clearly working hard to hone a directorial style that seems to owe more to Soderbergh than anyone else (even though Soderbergh himself has a rather variable approach). Despite the attempts at flashiness, in the end it was all rather unengaging.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
88th
Dunno how true this actually is, but still an amazing story, Chuck Barris's cameo at the end is way cool
Rated 07 Apr 2008
60
15th
Apparently this was Clooney's fault, and the original script was actually very good.
Rated 27 Sep 2008
5
81st
Sam Rockwell is seriously under-appreciated.
Rated 08 Dec 2008
71
62nd
Nice performance by Sam Rockwell in this offbeat movie portraying the double life of television producer Chuck Barris, as he goes to ups and downs in TV-land by day, killing people off at night for the CIA. I really liked the atmosphere in the movie: not too serious, not too casual. There was also some original cinematography to please the eye.
Rated 02 Feb 2009
100
96th
Dark film, brilliant acting, awesome script - is there anything else to ask for?
Rated 03 Jul 2009
79
44th
Started off really interesting and quite funny. Towards the end I was starting to get pretty bored.
Rated 09 Oct 2009
79
77th
Just a bit too emotionally distant to draw the viewer in completely. Rockwell is really great, the rest of the cast not that much. A few too many scenes had overdone coloring effects/removal which felt unnecessary. Apart from that, this was a pretty enjoyable mix of sexy, refreshing and weird. Also; best Brad Pitt Matt Damon cameo ever.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
83
73rd
A colourful representation of the man who ruined American television and in/directly killed a lot of foreigners. Perhaps a bit too quick with the details, since it's a lot of film to pack in, but it's a fun watch as Rockwell proves once again he can carry a film himself, but everyone else does a pretty good job (except Clooney, who can't seem to direct himself). Wonderfully and weirdly shot, and raises more broadcast issues in a more fun style than Clooney's next film as director.
Rated 13 Nov 2011
58
60th
Too much like the forced quirky coolness of the Ocean's franchise for my liking, Clooney obviously looked to Soderbergh for pointers. There are hints of greatness thanks to the botched Kaufman script but instead of having any kind of impact the film just runs through the motions.
Rated 10 Apr 2014
77
55th
The "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" scene is the only love montage that could ever do Chuck Barris justice.
Rated 15 Mar 2016
85
78th
A well crafted adaptation of the rantings of a crazy old game show host. Definitely worth your time.
Rated 30 Nov 2006
77
47th
Nice story, very well directed. Not something to really remember, but definitely a very strong effort by Clooney.
Rated 16 Feb 2007
65
73rd
Good film.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
83
72nd
George Clooney is a great director, and this film proved it.
Rated 31 Mar 2007
7
68th
Poor directing really drags it down.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
65
12th
Made with earnestness and skill by Clooney and Rockwell but ultimately too unengaging and unfocused.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
69th
Frenetic.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
24th
Convoluted storyline that fails to excite. The content of the movie does great injustice to the interesting name!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
39th
Quite honestly not that good. But it's at the very least an interesting watch, with a fair share of intrigue here and there, but not lacking in slow parts.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
38th
Insane but engaging.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
55th
good script, good directing and fabulous acting. Drew spoils the fun.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
63
29th
In the end it never quite reaches takeoff velocity, but it's engaging while you watch it, and it's buoyed by a strong Sam Rockwell performance and engaging directorial flourishes by first-time director George Clooney.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
63rd
I've always been a fan of Chuck Barris and enjoyed this film a lot. If you believe what he said he did, that's your business. I believe it was a very good film (even with George Clooney).
Rated 25 Aug 2023
20
12th
Would have been better as a traditional period biopic without any of the spy bullshit. I mean, they didn't even include his disastrous final show idea "Three's A Crowd", which means I actually knew more about the man than the movie. Alongside his incredible screenplays, Charlie Kaufman sure had some misfires.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
64
47th
A strange mix of psychedelic trip, serious biopic and weird comedy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
43
34th
It didn't interest me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
28th
Should have been more interesting. It just kinda sat there on the screen. Some funny bits, but I was mostly bored. The quirkiness of it seemed forced.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
28th
Never gels into a satisfying whole.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
70
40th
summer movie
Rated 12 Sep 2007
88
65th
Did anyone else see this movie? Cloony annoys further, as he proves to be a charming actor, "the sexiest man alive," AND an extremely compitent director. It's really too much.
Rated 18 Mar 2023
73
28th
Clooney may never top this directorial debut effort, clearly channeling the Coens and Soderbergh to great effect; the film is snappy, whizzing through scenes as set backdrops break apart or wheel aside, as characters sprint around the camera to reach new positions just in time. And the cast is aces, too -- especially Rockwell. But like Barris' so-called autobiography, I don't know what this sets out to ultimately achieve. Probably should've dug a little deeper and steered from the biopic label.
Rated 16 Apr 2008
94
95th
An enjoyable, stylish film that benefits greatly from Kaufman's contributions to the story. It's funnier and sexier than the novel, and for my money it did a better job of conveying Barris' point. Rockwell is unbelievably good, plus we get a lot of fun character actors like Urbaniak and Burke. Excellent soundtrack, excellent editing...the pacing is the only thing I would criticize.
Rated 30 Apr 2008
70
61st
Good first time of George Clooney in the direction. Meantime begins well, however it does not maintains the rhythm.
Rated 01 May 2008
59
47th
eng;
Rated 30 Jun 2008
80
68th
Sam Rockwell is very good in this movie.
Rated 08 Jul 2008
85
44th
This is a really interesting movie, and one of the more enjoyable one's I've seen recently. Led me to buy the book (yet to read!)
Rated 08 Jul 2008
80
64th
If I had a haaaaaaaaaaaameeer!
Rated 16 Jun 2022
40
3rd
NY81+lolmichaelcera/madeniecelickdick+thedatinggame-notpickeduplol+CIAlol+pickedup-hadtoPG+newlywedsgame+harderandhardertopayattenion+gongshow
Rated 06 Jan 2009
67
71st
good movie
Rated 26 Jan 2009
85
64th
Could do completely without Drew Barrymore.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
60
33rd
This is Clooney's directing debut. Apparently, George's goal as a director is to cast all his friends in supporting roles and just assume that audiences won't spend so much time playing "spot George Clooney's friend" that they completely lose track of the meager plot.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
64
37th
Rockwell shouldn't be wasted in stuff like this.
Rated 01 Jun 2022
92
65th
Wow! Not sure how it took me 20 years to get to this one. A true original and definitely not boring. Kudos to George Clooney and Sam Rockwell.
Rated 27 Jun 2009
65
57th
Overall Enjoyment: 30/40, Plot/Themes: 15/20, Cinematography/Direction: 10/20, Acting/Writing: 10/20
Rated 30 Jul 2009
87
75th
Cool, fun movie with wonderful performances from all the leads alongside a great story.
Rated 27 Oct 2009
54
12th
I love the story about a show producer who is also a CIA agent, but the movie just didn't work for me. Felt like the story was streched way too much. Saved by solid acting
Rated 18 Dec 2009
65
53rd
Nice performance by Sam Rockwell in this offbeat movie portraying the double life of television producer Chuck Barris, as he goes to ups and downs in TV-land by day, killing people off at night for the CIA. I really liked the atmosphere in the movie: not too serious, not too casual. There was also some original cinematography to please the eye.
Rated 11 May 2022
1
8th
Rated 01 Feb 2010
86
71st
Odd and very interesting film with a fine Charlie Kaufman script. Spy Movie? Or lie movie?
Rated 09 Feb 2010
28
27th
Sex can't make a boring movie any less boring, and a movie with this premise shouldn't be boring to begin with.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
90
96th
Love it.
Rated 30 Mar 2010
35
32nd
Not bad at all and definitely not what I was expecting. It was written by Charlie Kaufman so if you appreciate his voice and style of humour then you should absolutely take a look at this, one of his lesser known films.
Rated 09 Apr 2010
79
42nd
well done, interesting story
Rated 10 Apr 2010
65
61st
Clooney's directorial debut has a beautiful fashion, Guy Ritchie-like editing, and features Rockwell's best perfomance.
Rated 26 Apr 2010
65
52nd
been a while but recall disappointment
Rated 05 Jun 2010
40
38th
Not over my head... just balls.
Rated 25 Jun 2010
99
79th
Fucking brilliant.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
70
52nd
Not too-shabby, but its brilliance is intermittent, rather than consistent.
Rated 23 Jul 2010
75
13th
Confused, abused sex addicts can be fun too.
Rated 01 Sep 2010
70
45th
Visually interesting, but not all that it could have been. Rockwell has been better, and Kaufmann has been MUCH better. Skippable, but alright just the same.
Rated 24 Sep 2010
90
58th
Please, God, be true.
Rated 13 Nov 2021
43
33rd
Great at the cinema. 20 years later, surprisingly bad. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Story had become less interesting than i remember
Rated 24 Mar 2011
94
72nd
Man this guy gets a lot of tail... and with voluptuous buns like those, who am I to judge his character? Anyway, this film explores the inner workings of the CIA in the 70's from the point of view of a gameshow host who lived during that time and basically lived out this other life as part of his cover. Sort of. We understand from the getgo that Chuck Barris is kind of a sleezy asshole; the adaptation is shaped in such a way where we could forever be on the fence about the truth of it all.
Rated 09 Aug 2011
87
72nd
I think Clooney does a good job directing his first film. A lot of interesting shots and transitions that add a lot to the surreal nature of the film. Sam Rockwell is great.
Rated 24 Oct 2011
20
41st
"The overload of murders and double-crosses make Barris's life seem more and more like the folly of a screenwriter's imagination." - Chuck Rudolph
Rated 06 Nov 2011
89
59th
Well worth a watch already if only for the killing in DDR in a car with skis on. George Clooney is a great director with serious interest in the mudpool of politics.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
65
41st
I guess its hard for someone who has never seen Chuck Barris in real to be able to connect to this movie. The movie is still entertaining and is made to look stylish. The choice of the soundtrack is great. The acting by Sam Rockwell is noteworthy. Overall a decent entertainer and a nice debut by Clooney as a director. I am sure if one remembers the real Chuck Barris one could form a much more appropriate view of the movie.
Rated 08 Nov 2021
75
49th
This film is a weird mix of comedy and spy thriller. Not all the scenes work in this movie. The ensemble cast does a good job with their roles. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 23 Feb 2012
73
73rd
There is much, much more to admire in Clooney's directorial debut than to moan about. Rockwell's performance is complex and multi-layered, and much of Clooney's direction is slick. He clearly had a vision of what he wanted here, and at some points it works with great effect, but at others the direction and style feels too staged and forced. Even so, Kaufman's script is very solid, and there are several quality performances in what is overall a very entertaining ride.
Rated 19 Mar 2012
5
18th
Interesting and quirky but not gripping or engaging enough to be more than OK
Rated 09 May 2012
65
20th
For those you who grew up with the tv shows talked about in this film I bet this movie held a lot of intrigue. The cast puts in solid performances. I even believe the script is well written. I just find that as Clooney's directorial debut it lacks the focus of a more experienced film maker. This ends up making it a slower less engaging experience for those who did not grow up with Chuck Barris. That being said, there were a few scenes that hinted towards Clooney's capabilities as a director.
Rated 16 Jun 2012
96
91st
Great
Rated 26 Aug 2012
67
57th
Promising debut from Clooney, hopefully by now he knows that whatever Kaufman puts on paper, shoot the film exactly that way. Still , Rockwell is great and it's so strange and surreal that it kept me watching.
Rated 19 Sep 2012
75
37th
Creative film-making is always welcomed. The self-imagined life of professional fruitcake Chuck Barris lends itself well to a series of colourful and stylish deviations from predictable storytelling. However I can't say it gripped me from start to finish; it's by nature an up-and-down film, and a lack of reliable touchstones or constants within the story makes it easy to get lost.
Rated 23 Sep 2012
72
65th
Enjoyable movie, but it missed something. Narration was sometimes annoying (sorry Sam). Had a few funny moments, like the part when the Date show people got a lecture not saying offensive stuff. Great cast though, hilarious cameo of Pitt and Damon, and damn, you get to see Rockwell's butt many times. Which is always good in my book! Dayumn (the fridge scene for instance, just damn)
Rated 22 Aug 2021
85
83rd
Enjoyable character drama with a tiny bit of action throwed in. Great cast and acting.
Rated 26 Nov 2012
57
52nd
George did well getting a lot of big names to pop up in this one! It also has the feel of a very well made production but....as for the actual film...as interesting as the story is it, well, didnt seem very interesting.
Rated 05 Jan 2013
40
32nd
Pretty farcical story, but it does make you wonder at times. Who would have thought that any story about Chuck Barris would be entertaining, but here we have a masterful bit of make believe to give us pause.
Rated 16 Jul 2013
100
95th
Sam Rockwell at his best, with good performances from Clooney, Roberts, and Barrymore as well? Probably a very underrated film.
Rated 10 Aug 2013
70
67th
I'm not really familiar with Chuck Barris, but he's certainly an interesting subject. I thought George Clooney did really well in his directorial debut, with lots of great shots. I'm not so sure he was the best match for Charlie Kaufman's script, but the result is still pretty good. The actors are good all around, and I loved the cameos from Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Certainly worth a watch.
Rated 26 Aug 2013
70
69th
If nothing else this deserves credit for making the central Rockwell-Barrymore relationship even halfway compelling, and there's a lot of Kaufman's usual insightful/philosophical weirdness hidden beneath all the layers of Clooney's over-stylized direction. The overall effect is torn halfway between an approximation of the Coen Brothers re-imagining Boogie Nights and other Charlie Kaufman scripts. Strangely, it's not particularly funny yet still somehow quite entertaining.
Rated 29 Aug 2013
80
39th
Worth a watch for the fun cameos and Rockwell's out-of-the-ballpark performance, but the film is limited by its disjointed feel and hesitance to commit to a few of its more interesting style choices.
Rated 17 Sep 2013
93
92nd
Brilliant. Rockwell is totally magnetic even playing this jerk of a character! Bizzare, superb movie. HIGHLY recommend it.
Rated 01 Nov 2020
88
86th
If there is mentioned that film is directed by Clooney and script is wrote by Charlie Kaufman, its enough said. They both are so brilliant that can't put a foot wrong. Sam Rockwell is playing Chuck Barris and does it in a excellent way. He is enough paranoid and psycho make everything believable. Sam was impressive already in Charlie's Angels and here he gets better credit. Rockwell and Barrymore really clicked on both of the movies.
Rated 23 Jun 2014
68
55th
Michael Cera's scene was the best. While it was interesting and fun, it felt like it was missing something to push it over the edge into the territory of great. I feel like I need to watch it again at some point though.
Rated 05 Jul 2014
70
73rd
Clooney is a very good director, particularly as one who understands how to replicate the style of an era without feeling gimmicky. (see also: Good Night, and Good Luck) The tea scene in this is fantastic, and Sam Rockwell knocks it out of the park. As a Charlie Kaufman script, though, it feels like it never becomes about anything more than itself, which is rare. A strong film, regardless.
Rated 01 Dec 2014
60
28th
Charlie Kaufman disowns this and it's easy to see why. I feel like, though the story is interesting and Clooney is by no means a bad director, it's all a little literal. Sam Rockwell is also pretty good in it but I feel this is one where the sum of its parts is actually smaller than the whole.
Rated 24 Dec 2014
76
69th
Loved this as a teenager but it started to feel more forced as I got older. The script is still brilliant as is Sam Rockwell.
Rated 26 Dec 2015
80
62nd
The bizarre biography of television producer Chuck Barris made for a great movie. Barris led a double life as both a Hollywood producer, presenter, and CIA assassin. The movie is peppered with friends and acquaintances of Barris' who add their opinions on whether Barris was a CIA agent or if he was really just a schizo showman who created stories about a fake life as a spook. This is the epitome of a superstar movie. George Clooney as director and star - Barrymore, Roberts, Rockwell, Pitt, e
Rated 30 Dec 2015
80
73rd
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is odd and quirky, but at the same time, interesting and depressing. With the cast being so solid and the script being tight, the only issues I had were with first time director Clooney. Everything either seemed too polished or sloppy. It definitely was an interesting mix. Either way, props to Sam Rockwell who knocked it out of the park. Great movie.
Rated 29 Oct 2020
68
62nd
Until George Clooney shows up, it's a bit scattered, and if Sam Rockwell were any less able and appealing, I might have turned it off. But things perk up considerably, and it turns into quite the amusing ride.
Rated 14 Oct 2016
60
20th
I'd love to see a less conventional take on the story. That said, Sam Rockwell is great.
Rated 15 Jan 2019
60
32nd
The unironic presence of many of the tropes skewered by Kaufman in Adaptation makes sense when you consider how much Clooney altered the script. His direction is gimmicky but not unwatchable.
Rated 11 Mar 2020
85
94th
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