Charlatan

critic Reviews

, 88% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Charlatan's slightly dry approach is offset by unique filmmaking flourishes and a fascinating story that make this an engaging, albeit unusual, biopic.
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    Michael OrdoñaLos Angeles Times
    Holland... deftly moves the story through its present and past and elicits understated performances throughout the entire cast, all without excessive sentimentality.
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    Lena WilsonNew York Times
    Often as thorny as its subject but also oddly fascinated by his near-magical abilities, "Charlatan" is a temporary cure for the common biopic.
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    William RepassSlant Magazine
    Throughout the film, Agnieszka Holland makes clear that she isn't interested in easily digestible pop-psychology nuggets.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    There's an austere elegance to Holland's film-making...
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    Todd McCarthyDeadline Hollywood Daily
    The venerable veteran director Agnieszka Holland has made a tasty, if not fully-baked, biographical drama about an obstinate man whose life was as difficult as he was.
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    Polish director Agnieszka Holland has made another fascinating but disjointed biopic about a little-known figure whose story helps to reveal the soul of 20th century Europe.
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    Antonio TrashorrasFotogramas
    Sober, lucid, well intoned and inevitably a bit cold. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Diego JemioClarín
    Jaroslava Pokorna's performance as Jan Palach's mother is superb. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Ben TurnerThe Pink Lens
    A fascinating and well-executed biopic that gives a local icon an international audience.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Yago ParisEl antepenúltimo mohicano
    A certainly provocative idea is proposed, then it offers a vision of communism much darker than that of Nazism, which is given the photographic treatment. [Full review in Spanish]
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