• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jon Poll
    In Theaters:
    May 1, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 24, 2008
  • MGM


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Charlie Bartlett Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B

October 18, 2008


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008
Brian Marder

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Mostly this was a quirky, smart, inspiring, and surprisingly enjoyable High School movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

July 22, 2008
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

July 21, 2008
Kevin McCarthy

The movie is extremely hilarious, yet very serious and emotional at the same time.

Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Original Score: 4/5

June 1, 2008
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine

There are plenty of good qualities in Charlie; it just needed to apply itself a little more.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 16, 2008
Matthew Turner

Hugely entertaining high school drama with a delightfully offbeat script and terrific performances from a superb cast.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2008
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

March 12, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

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.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen | Original Score: B-

February 28, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...one of the most effective high-school comedies to come around in quite some time...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

February 28, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette

Quirky, provocative and insightful, the slightly overlong but thoroughly enjoyable Charlie Bartlett is a comic gem.

Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Original Score: 7/10

February 28, 2008
Serena Donadoni
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 28, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Parts of Charlie Bartlett are enjoyable, especially Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as a high-school principal who hates his life.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 27, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A Harold and Maude for the Ritalin generation. The only problem is Charlie Bartlett lacks the broader -- more subversive -- range of Harold and Maude.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2008
Beth Accomando

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

February 23, 2008
Diana Saenger

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.

Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
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