Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind ★★½ 2002 (R)
Clooney makes his directorial debut in this uneven but ultimately enjoyable biopic of TV game show producer Chuck Barris (Rockwell), who claimed in his “unauthorized” biography to be a CIA assassin during the height of his success. Clooney sometimes gets a little self-consciously “arty,” but doesn't go overboard, and it actually fits with the absurdist tone of Kaufman's script. It's Rockwell who stands out here, with a breakout performance that showcases his range. 113m/ C VHS, DVD . US Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Rutger Hauer, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kristen Wilson, Jennifer Hall; Cameos: Chuck Barris, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Jaye P. Morgan; D: George Clooney; W: Charlie Kaufman; C: Newton Thomas (Tom) Sigel; M: Alex Wurman. Natl. Bd. of Review '02: Screenplay.