Charlie Bartlett Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll have their Ferris Bueller thing working perfectly, with a few 2008 wrinkles.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
'It is our duty as teenagers to piss off our parents,' Charlie says. The film succeeds only in pissing off the viewer.
Steve Rose
Guardian
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Charlie Bartlett plays it too safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
Charlie Bartlett is a poor man's Rushmore. There is a great film waiting to be made about psychiatry, anti-depressants and our youth, but this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
Mostly this was a quirky, smart, inspiring, and surprisingly enjoyable High School movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
July 21, 2008
Robert Downey Jr. playing an alcoholic principal lecturing on the dangers of drugs is one of those wonderfully ironic, Twilight Zone moments that only Hollywood can provide.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
July 11, 2008
Charlie Bartlett is the Ferris Bueller of our drug addled age. Except he's not a fraction of the charmer ol' Ferris was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
June 1, 2008
The movie is extremely hilarious, yet very serious and emotional at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
May 16, 2008
There are plenty of good qualities in Charlie; it just needed to apply itself a little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 16, 2008
Hugely entertaining high school drama with a delightfully offbeat script and terrific performances from a superb cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
May 14, 2008
Charlie Bartlett is not terrible - but in the crowded market of teen comedies, you need to work a whole lot harder to be top of the class, or even to sit at the back with the cool kids.
May 1, 2008
[F]eels like little more than an amalgam of great moments from the John Hughes oeuvre as well as from Thumbsucker, Pump Up the Volume and Over the Edge, among others.
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
April 17, 2008
Juno's dorkier, needier cousin, the one who's watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 16, 2008
Even in the canon of high school flicks, Charlie Bartlett seems slight, but like its wide-eyed protagonist, it ultimately wins you over on the strength of its puppy-dog appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 12, 2008
Not quite in the elite company of high school comedy classics like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Election," but it is close.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
March 2, 2008
(O)ther than the reprehensible glorification of teenage sexual promiscuity, this is a meaningless, forgettable film that is relatively entertaining...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
March 2, 2008
Bartlett would make a decent sitcom character, and the uneven film plays out accordingly.
| Original Score: 2/4
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