Entertainment Weekly - 11/17/2000
"...Snazzy postmodern trash....Held together by the irresistible moxie of its three stars..." -- Rating: B
Total Film - 01/01/2000
"...A blast....[The film has] charm, exuberance and good, kitsch fun....Deliriously entertaining..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2001
"...Cameron Diaz is fantastic....She has an old-style star power which lights up the screen the second she smiles....Drew Barrymore is wry and funny..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/03/2000
"...Tasty and lightweight, it's fine for a cinematic snack..."
Premiere - 08/02/2010
"Director McG was completely in his element, making what amounts to an extended music video with imaginative action sequences."
Based on the babe-a-licious show from the 1970s, CHARLIE'S ANGELS is a defiantly goofy action movie featuring plenty of comedy and a strong sense of girl power. Three talented young women work for the mysterious Charles Townsend: Natalie (Cameron Diaz), the bubbly blond science expert; Dylan (Drew Barrymore), the rebellious tomboy; and Alex (Lucy Liu), the tough Angel who has trouble telling her boyfriend that she's a highly skilled secret agent. The Angels are assigned to locate Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell), a kidnapped computer expert whose new software could threaten global security if it were to fall into the wrong hands. The women go undercover to investigate this devious tycoon and are faced with double crosses, explosions, and the mysterious Thin Man. From the acclaimed music-video director McG (Joseph McGinty), CHARLIE'S ANGELS wastes little time on plot, instead presenting audiences with a series of spectacular MATRIX-style fight sequences, car chases, and stunts. Diaz, Barrymore, and Liu as the three Angels give terrific performances worthy of a new breed of female action hero, kicking major butt while remaining lovable and sexy. The movie also stars Bill Murray as the Angels' mentor, Bosley, and John Forsythe as the voice of Charlie.
They're beautiful, they're brillant, and they work for Charlie. In a smart, sexy update of the 70'sTV show from celebrated music video director McG. CHARLIE'S ANGELS revolves around three female detectives - Natalie (Cameron Diaz, Golden Globe(r) nominee for THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY) the bookworm, Dylan (NEVER BEEN KISSED's Drew Barrymore) the tough girl and Alex ("Ally McBeal's" Lucy Liu) theclass-act - as intelligent and multi-talented as they are ravishingly gorgeous and utterly disarming. What can be done when Eric Knox, a soon-to-be billionaire, is kidnapped for his dollars' Under the sure hand of their suave playboy boss, notorious for his clever ways of avoiding face-to-face meetings with his employees, the Angels use feminine charm, high-tech gadgets and hand-to-hand combat tosave themselves, Charlie and thousands of innocent people.
After production ended, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore went skydiving together at Lake Elsinore.
CHARLIE'S ANGELS grossed $40.1 million in its opening weekend in theaters, the second largest amount (after TOY STORY 2) for any movie not released during the summer.
Based on the popular television show produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, which ran from 1976 to 1981 and starred Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts as the Angels. Cameron Diaz said that when she was young, "My sister was Farrah and I was Bosley."
Actor John Forsythe performed the voice of Charlie in the original television series and reprises his role in this film.
Actress Thandie Newton was originally scheduled to play the third Angel, but delays in the filming of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II caused her to be replaced by Lucy Liu.
CHARLIE'S ANGELS was coproduced by Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, which also produced NEVER BEEN KISSED. Barrymore insisted that the film not rely on traditional gun violence and instead feature martial arts battles.
This film is the directorial debut of McG, aka Joseph McGinty Nichol, a music-video director who has worked with such groups as Smashmouth and Sugar Ray.
Drew Barrymore was dating Tom Green during production of this film and had previously dated costar Luke Wilson.
T.J. HOOKER, the television series mocked briefly in the film, was another television series produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, creators of CHARLIE'S ANGELS.
The martial arts sequences in this film were choreographed by Cheung-Yan Yuen, the brother of Wo Ping Yuen, fight choreographer for THE MATRIX. Barrymore and Diaz trained with Yuen for six to eight hours a day, for three months, in preproduction; Liu trained for two months.
During production there were reports of trouble on the set between various cast members as well as tension because the script had not been completed.
As many as 17 writers contributed to the film's screenplay.
The house where a nude Drew Barrymore drops in on a pair of boys is the same house used for Steven Spielberg's E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, in which Barrymore played a little girl.
CHARLIE'S ANGELS was named one of the 10 best films of 2000 by Ed Halter of the New York Press.