Charlie Bartlett (2007)



Critic Consensus: With engaging performances marked by an inconsistent tone, Charlie Bartlett is a mixed bag of clever teen angst comedy and muddled storytelling.

Movie Info

Longtime film editor Jon Poll (Meet the Fockers and Austin Powers in Goldmember) makes his directorial debut with this coming-of-age comedy about a wealthy public school system newcomer (Anton Yelchin) who wins over his skeptical classmates by serving as a surrogate psychiatrist to the troubled student body. Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, and Kat Dennings co-star.

Rating: R (for language, drug content and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gustin Nash
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2008
Box Office: $3.7M


as Charlie Bartlett

as Principal Gardner

as Marilyn Bartlett

as Susan Gardner

as Murphey Bivens

as Kip Crombwell

as Len Arbuckle

as Whitney Drummond

as Dustin Lauderbach

as Jordan Sunder

as Superintendent Sedgw...

as Dr. Stan Weathers

as Henry Freemont

as Officer Hansen

as Thomas

as Dean West

as Priscilla

as A/V Jones

as Bus Driver

as Mrs. Albertson

as Officer Hansen

as Dr. Sam Costell

as Dr. Linda Jenkins

as Dr. Jacob Kaufmann

as Dr. P. Sarossy

as Dorm Head

as Cheerleader No.1

as Cheerleader No.2

as Cheerleader No.3

as Len's Girlfriend No....

as Len's Girlfriend No....

as Dr. Sam Costell

as Receptionist

as Kip's Mom

as Len's Girlfriend #2

as Vocalists

as Spiral Beach

as Spiral Beach

as Spiral Beach

as Spiral Beach

as A/V Jones
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Bartlett

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (36)

Writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll have their Ferris Bueller thing working perfectly, with a few 2008 wrinkles.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

There are sweet moments, and there are funny moments, but it all just becomes so eye-rollingly calculated that it's hard to appreciate.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009

'It is our duty as teenagers to piss off our parents,' Charlie says. The film succeeds only in pissing off the viewer.

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

The promising themes peter out as the film loses direction, though, and Bartlett is neither sympathetic enough to root for nor dumb enough to laugh at.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
San Diego Metropolitan

Charlie Bartlett plays it too safe.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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A fun but rather annoying film that doesn't really give much to the audience. More aimed at teenage girls, I'd recommend it simply down to Yelchin and Downey Jr's performances.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Charlie Bartlett: Oh trust me doc, bringing psychiatric drugs and teenagers together is like opening a lemonade stand in the desert. 

"Popularity is a state of mind."

I am extremely pleased with Charlie Bartlett. Not that I am surprised I liked it so much, as I am a huge fan of both Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey Jr., and the premise was awesome. Sure there were plot elements that were less than unlikely and scenes that really turned up the melodrama for no particular reason, but for the most part it was a really good set in high school movie.

Charlie Bartlett gets kicked out of his fancy private school for selling fake ID's and must go back to his huge mansion with his mother and attend public school. Charlie less than fits in with the kids at this new school, so he tries to fins a way to win them over. He chooses drugs. All kids want to get high and that is his way to get popular and also make some cash on the side. Then he starts offering psychiatric help for all the kids in his school in the bathroom. The principal isn't very fond of him and that is heightened when Charlie and his daughter start hanging out.

I thought the film was extremely cool and had a pretty good concept. I like the idea of a kid no one likes finding a way to become the cool kid. Yeah it has been done before, but never like this. Yelchin owns every role he's ever had. Not once have I seen him in a movie and not been totally impressed and convinced by his performance. That is saying quite a bit since he started young. It doesn't look like he is going to fade out like some young actors do, at least I hope not.

The movie has some fun sequences and some insightful ones. The insightful ones are a little overdone, I'll admit; and yeah, there are some incredibly cliched characters. But come on, high school is one big cliche and all the characters in this film really exist in just about every high school in the world. Overall the film works because of its cool premise and two actors who nail their roles. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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