Writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll have their Ferris Bueller thing working perfectly, with a few 2008 wrinkles.
| Original Score: B
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mostly this was a quirky, smart, inspiring, and surprisingly enjoyable High School movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
The movie is extremely hilarious, yet very serious and emotional at the same time.
| Original Score: 4/5
There are plenty of good qualities in Charlie; it just needed to apply itself a little more.
Hugely entertaining high school drama with a delightfully offbeat script and terrific performances from a superb cast.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Not quite in the elite company of high school comedy classics like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Election," but it is close.
Like Charlie's classmates, you'll likely be skeptical when the film introduces itself -- and then surprised when you're won over by its small charms.
| Original Score: B-
...one of the most effective high-school comedies to come around in quite some time...
Quirky, provocative and insightful, the slightly overlong but thoroughly enjoyable Charlie Bartlett is a comic gem.
| Original Score: 7/10
Charlie Bartlett represents a new sincerity ... The teens in this comedy are jaded, but not cynical: They've seen too much and want to create a whole different view.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Parts of Charlie Bartlett are enjoyable, especially Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as a high-school principal who hates his life.
A Harold and Maude for the Ritalin generation. The only problem is Charlie Bartlett lacks the broader -- more subversive -- range of Harold and Maude.
Like its main character, Charlie Bartlett tries so hard to win us over that it practically bursts a celluloid vein in the process...Yet you can't deny that they both have impressive energy.
| Original Score: 5/10
Charlie Bartlett begins as somewhat of a typical coming-of-age teen comedy, but by the second act it had me thinking it's an original idea with adult appeal.