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12 Ratings

Charlie Says

Directed by Mary Harron
United States, 2018
Crime, Drama


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.

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Charlie Says Directed by Mary Harron
Charlie Says does what Harron always does best: finds the three dimensions of women called “unstable” by the men around them.
May 10, 2019
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When the flashback story ramps up to the murders, cutting back and forth to the imprisoned trio coming to grips (or not) with what they did, the filmmakers appear to be striving mightily for humanistic understanding, but the end result is far too jumbled to have the proper impact.
May 08, 2019
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The unpretentious production values are matched by a sober style that favors the performances, particularly those of Hannah Murray, Merritt Wever, and in the flashiest role Matt Smith as Manson. In all, it’s a very worthy, unsensational effort to understand how naive idealism can be recruited by lunatic evil.
September 13, 2018
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