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Charlie Says


Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him—Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón)—remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith). Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan—until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did? Boundary pushing auteur Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.


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Based on 13 Charlie Says Cinema reviews, Charlie Says gets an average Cinema review score of 61. The score for all versions is 61 based on a total of 26 reviews.
It’s a tough, difficult story that, anchored by Guinevere Turner’s script, Harron recounts with lucid calm, compassion and intelligent interpretive license.
142d ago
The often-repeated phrase “Charlie says” serves as the film’s emotional center. It isn’t what Manson did, it’s the way his ideas wormed inside the brains most eager to accept an...
142d ago
The director of American Psycho seeks empathy with the devil in Manson Family drama Charlie Says
142d ago
Director Mary Harron uses the infamous Manson murders to reflect on abuse and domination of women pushed to extremes, with Matt Smith as the sociopathic cult leader.
142d ago
There's just not enough to "Charlie Says," an ambitious, but uneven drama about the oft-sensationalized "Manson Girls": Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendon), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosi...
142d ago
Matt Smith is miscast as Charles Manson in this innovative, frustrating film
142d ago
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Charlie Says release date for Cinema May 10, 2019 5 Months Ago (US)

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