A graphic designer’s enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.









Film information

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Release date: Feb 8, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for language and some nudity
Runtime: 86 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 67
    The Playlist - by Jessica Kiang
    A film of surface pleasures, even joys, but those joys seem to be longing for a central idea around which to coalesce. more

  • 60
    Variety - by Boyd van Hoeij
    Swan is more of a doodle than a fully formed idea, though not necessarily less enjoyable for it, since it was clearly intended to be an undisciplined, anything-goes kinda story. ...

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times - by Sheri Linden
    The earnest passages mostly just lie there; the film works best on its frilly, exuberant surface, as a valentine to Streamline Moderne, Pop Art and L.A. ...

  • 40
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    As the film progresses, the actor fails to progress with it: As Charles Swan seems to become more aware of his loneliness, Charlie Sheen seems to become more protective of his Charlie Sheen–ness. more

  • 40
    Time - by Mary Pols
    All this eye candy is ultimately only about as engaging as watching kids at play, which is what Sheen and Schwartzman seem to be doing. I can’t argue that this isn’t an accurate glimpse inside some man’s mind — perhaps Austin Powers? more

  • 40
    Village Voice - by Nick Pinkerton
    With neither the moral bite of satire nor a voluptuary surrender that really basks in shallowness, this is a vague, unsatisfying work. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    Fellini used to get away with such slender crises, but he had Marcello Mastrioanni behind the shades, as well as a more vivid penchant for psychosexual fantasy. Coppola and Swan are stuck in their obsessions with dorky album art and old-man cocktails at Musso & Frank. A precious, arid thing, Glimpse arrives pinned to Styrofoam like a prize arthropod. more

  • 30
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a curious mess, a movie that doesn’t really seem to have any reason to exist, other than maybe to give writer and director Roman Coppola and star Charlie Sheen something to do for a few weeks. ...

  • 30
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Deborah Young
    With such an in-house cast of extended Coppola family sparklers, one would think things couldn’t go too wrong in the comedy department, but they have little chance to oil the wheels of a creaky script written around Sheen. more

  • 25
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Roger Ebert
    A film is a terrible thing to waste. For Roman Coppola to waste one on A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III is a sad sight to behold. I'll go further. For Charlie Sheen to waste a role in it is also a great pity. I stop not: For Bill Murray to occupy his time in this dreck sandwich is a calamity. ...

  • 25
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    So feeble it fails even as train-wreck exploitation. I’d be unkind, but not entirely inaccurate, to label Coppola’s sophomoric, er, sophomore effort as a director an offer you can refuse. ...

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by Andrew Schenker
    The film speeds ahead with almost gleeful disinterest in dealing with the narrative challenges it sets up before resolving them in the most perfunctory ways imaginable. more

  • 20
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Swan is so eager to be a trippy comic lark that it ends up resembling a clown trying to fit through a pea-shooter. more

  • 20 - by Andrew O'Hehir
    Seriously, this is one of the strangest and most painful films in recent memory. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    Feels like the first draft of something that could be really great; receives extra points for a terrific (arguably too smug) ending.