USA Today - 12/31/2002
"...It is a mesmerizing movie....There is some inspired and innovative camerawork and nimble editing in CONFESSIONS..."
Variety - 12/02/2002
"...A powerful and creative film....Rockwell displays a virtuoso's range of emotions and states of mind with a keen instinct for going against expectation..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/10/2003
"...Sharp, funny, unreasonably compelling..."
Rolling Stone - 02/06/2003
"...Clooney fashions a style all his own: visceral, vital and churning with off-the-wall ideas....You can feel his joy in it..."
Box Office - 03/01/2003
"...George Clooney's assured directorial debut spins this bizarre premise into one of the year's most weirdly engaging and unpredictable character pieces..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2003
"...Sam Rockwell gives a finely modulated performance of perpetually shifting nuance....Clooney responds to the challenges of the script by giving the film swagger and verve..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2003
"...MIND is cutting, bold and ultimately puppy-dog eyed..."
Uncut - 01/01/2004
"Slick, entertaining debut from first-time director George Clooney..."
George Clooney makes his directorial debut with this frenetic, visually dazzling black comedy. Based on notorious television producer Chuck Barris' "unauthorized autobiography," Clooney's film reinforces Barris' outlandish claim that he lived a secret life as a hitman for the CIA. Sam Rockwell stars as Barris, a fresh-faced dreamer who moves to New York to find success in television. Pretty soon, he's written a hit song ("Palisades Park"), has shacked up with the ultra-peppy Penny (Drew Barrymore), and has his first successful game show, THE DATING GAME. But as if that weren't enough excitement, he is soon recruited by CIA Special Agent Jim Byrd (Clooney) to become a hired killer for the federal government. As Barris' subsequent shows (THE NEWLYWED GAME, THE GONG SHOW) take off, the conflicted producer uses them as a front for his undercover job, chaperoning winning couples all over the world while performing his deadly duties after hours. Along the way, he meets a shady cast of characters--including a sultry assassin (Julia Roberts)--who threatens to blow his cover and ruin his television career forever. Adapted by the daring and mischievous Charlie Kaufman, Clooney's film features yet another electrifying performance from Rockwell (LAWN DOGS, SAFE MEN).
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