The only thing that offsets its self-negating revisionism are the scenes involving Gillian Anderson vicereine.
The film is rife with tired food metaphors and plot twists so predictable you see them coming like travelers on the poplar-lined street that leads to the restaurants.
The laziest sort of political cinema, full of straw men and finger-pointing, wrapped up in an awards-friendly bow by its beautiful cinematography and a manipulative score.
To quote Julia Roberts’s character in the film, Charlie Wilson’s War is liberal.but not where it counts.
A deluxe anniversary reissue is the best way to revisit an Oscar-winning '80s dinosaur.