"The year goes out on a high note with 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,' George Clooney's hugely entertaining 'biography' of Chuck Barris...Together, the previously obscure Sam Rockwell--who delivers a bravura performance as Barris--and Clooney, in a stunning directing debut, transform Barris' wild yarns into the movie equivalent of must-see TV...The new movie is a head-clearing, mind-blowing blast from the past--one of the year's best." --
Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

" of the dwindling year's best films...Under the daring, rookie-of-the-year direction of George Clooney, 'Confessions' the movie makes effective black-comic narrative out of Barris' whoppers by taking them, wholly and even exhaustively, at face value...Somehow Clooney evokes the weirdness of real life and the reality in dreams with a seamless elegance and gimlet eye... Rockwell's bust-out performance takes in a lot of emotional territory, from callow exuberance to crusty paranoia and blasted despair. Yet he contains the psychic swirl and tumult with remarkable poise." -- Gene Seymour, Newsday

"The film is much more smug and pleased with itself than it has any reason to be. Part of the problem is likely the screenplay, which makes you wonder if, with a nod to 'Adaptation,' there are two Charlie Kaufmans, one who writes brilliant scripts like 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Adaptation,' and one who writes unwatchable ones like 'Human Nature' and 'Dangerous Mind'...With its multiplicity of over-stylized looks and slick gimmicks, 'Dangerous Mind' was doubtless more stimulating to direct than it will be for audiences to experience." -- Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"George Clooney displays guts and whimsy by making his directing debut with 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,' a perversely enjoyable entry in that new genre, the biopic of the tawdry TV personality." -- Jami Bernard, The New York Daily News

"This film, a shape-shifting apologia-biopic as weird as 'Adaptation,' is too cold for its own good. George Clooney, though, in his directorial debut, does show an eye, and a head, for filmmaking...Mr. Rockwell does a dazzling job of conveying the seething confusion beneath his character's dazed amiability." --Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times