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Charlie Says (2018)

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The tragic tale of an all-American girl who was transformed into a cold-blooded killer in the summer of 1969.


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Credited cast:
Suki Waterhouse ... Mary Brunner
Hannah Murray ... Leslie Van Houten
Annabeth Gish ... Virginia Carlson
Matt Smith ... Charles Manson
Sosie Bacon ... Patricia Krenwinkel
Merritt Wever ... Karlene Faith
Chace Crawford ... Tex Watson
Marianne Rendón ... Susan Atkins
Grace Van Dien ... Sharon Tate
Kimmy Shields ... Vicki
Bridger Zadina ... Paul Watkins
Tracy Perez ... Carla
India Ennenga ... Linda Kasabian
Kayli Carter ... Squeaky Fromme
Matt Riedy ... Police Chief Davis


Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. One young graduate student was sent in to teach them - and through her we witness their transformations as they face the reality of their horrific crimes. Written by Guinevere Turner

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use, and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie Says See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,728, 12 May 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,502, 22 May 2019
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Matt Smith and Hannah Murray previously appeared together in 'Womb'. See more »

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To Matt, I'm so sorry for giving this film 2 stars rating.
25 May 2019 | by silvermistvioSee all my reviews

Charlie Says is kind of a true story, but when they turn into film, it becomes bad film. The story itself is not that strong and lacks of too many facts. Moreover, it seems to me that this film is poorly done and low budget film that is ever made.

When I saw this film on a website, I really had high hope because I saw in the movie description saying that "The tragic tale of an all-American girl who was transformed into a cold-blooded killer in the summer of 1969.". So, I thought it would be very interesting. I thought they would show how that one who became cold-blooded murderer in some very interesting way. But when I actually saw it, really disappointed. The presentation style is so boring and sometimes you might get lost between the past and present because they didn't say what is past and what is present clearly in the film.

It is some kind of a biography film of three girls who are in the prison for murders. The story is indeed a true story but as I've said in above that the director's presentation style is so dull, the film is really boring. In the half of the film, I really wanted to stop watching, but I kept watching to see how it's going to end.

What I don't like of this film is they didn't show how they captured those three girls, what happened to Tex who is truly responsible for those murders and also what happened to Charlie? Those questions don't have answers. The director should've clearly explained those facts.

As for the film title, Charlie Says is kind of a stupid name. Of all great names, why would they want to use names like they are speaking? I sort of hate that kind of names. So, if they chose a better name than this, it'd be better.

What makes this film so bad? There are three main things. One is bad acting. I don't want to comment on Matt Smith because his performance is still okay. I didn't really recognise him until he talked. His familiar voice reminded me he was Matt Smith. This is the second film I watched his films except for Doctor Who. I really loved him as 11th Doctor in Doctor Who. His performance is still doing fine in this film. It's so natural. But the rest of actors and actresses are not. Their performance is terrible, especially those three girls and the one who teaches those girls. Their terrible actings are really unbearable.

The second one is what I've said in above, the presentation style. Because it's terrible, the film became very boring. If they could do it less boring, it'd be way better. The last fact is also what I've said in above, the story is one-sided and there's no extra facts to some questions like those ones I wrote in above. So, if the director could do a better job, I'm quite sure that this film will turn out to be a great film.

All in all, although this film is a true story, because of it's bad in casts and crews, this film is one of the worst films I've ever watched.

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