Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Sharp, funny, and unreasonably compelling. Did you know that Chuck Barris, the rabbit-toothed mogul who created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong… Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Sharp, funny, and unreasonably compelling. Did you know that Chuck Barris, the rabbit-toothed mogul who created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong… 2002-12-27 R PT113M Comedy Drama Drew Barrymore Sam Rockwell George Clooney Rutger Hauer Matt Damon Julia Roberts Fred Savage Andrew Lazar Steven Soderbergh Miramax
Movie Review

CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (2002)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Dec 27, 2002; Rated: R; Length: 113 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell; Distributor: Miramax; More

Sharp, funny, and unreasonably compelling. Did you know that Chuck Barris, the rabbit-toothed mogul who created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show, was also a hitman for the CIA? The oddball fascination of this adaptation of Barris' autobiography is that it treats his absurd claim of a double life in trash TV and espionage as a story so strange, so beyond the pale of what even a huckster like Barris would dare to make up, that it could, maybe, just possibly be true. The young actor Sam Rockwell works up a disarming sympathy for this frantic hustler, and the movie, nimbly directed by George Clooney, plays as an ironic pop biopic whose subject is trivially off-center enough to make Ed Wood or Bob Crane look like Gandhi.

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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