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Chicago Sun-Times
As for myself, I think he made it all up and never killed anybody. Having been involved in a weekly television show myself, I know for a melancholy fact that there is just not enough time between tapings to fly off to Helsinki and kill for my government.
Screenwriter Kaufman is in fine meta-fettle here, even if he's still losing control of his material toward the end, and while it's too soon to tell whether Clooney has the stuff of a great director, he certainly knows who to hire.
New York Post
A head-clearing, mind-blowing blast from the past - one of the year's best.
Entertainment Weekly
The fascination of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the sharp, funny, unreasonably compelling adaptation of Barris' autobiography, is the way it soft-shoes past our skepticism.
Clooney fashions a style all his own: visceral, vital and churning with off-the-wall ideas. That's what makes you want to see Clooney direct again. You can feel his joy in it.
A moody picture that's filled from start to finish with camera tricks, unexpected angles and innovative flourishes.
May not be a straightforward bio, nor does it offer much in the way of Barris' motivations, but the film is an oddly fascinating depiction of an architect of pop culture.
Philadelphia Inquirer
All about the wacky borderlands where reality and invention intersect. But there are no safe demarcations -- no demilitarized zone, no Berlin Wall -- to cue us to which side we're operating in, or that Barris is operating in.
New York Daily News
A perversely enjoyable entry in that new genre, the biopic of the tawdry TV personality.
Reflects the sensibilities of its director, whose comedic performances in particular have indicated a game spirit and droll sense of humor.
Wall Street Journal
The finished film afflicted my own mind with an unwilling suspension of belief. I couldn't connect with it on any level, despite Sam Rockwell's terrific performance as an emotional desperado who wants only to be loved.
George Clooney's first effort behind the camera was doubtless more stimulating to direct than it will be for audiences to watch.

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