• 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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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

Charlie Bartlett plays it too safe.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Imagine an R-rated Ferris Bueller with only the most annoying parts of the younger Matthew Broderick's screen persona emphasized and you'll draw a bead on Bartlett.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

February 22, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Like its anodyne hero, Charlie Bartlett wants to make mischief, but it wants even more to get a gold star.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 21, 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.

Full Review Source: MSNBC

May 1, 2008
Mike Scott

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

September 4, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

May 14, 2008
Christian Toto
Washington Times

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 Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2008
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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 Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 3/10

August 27, 2008
Victoria Alexander

Its not money, good looks, or grades that make someone popular in high school. It's selling prescription drugs.

Full Review

February 21, 2008
Brian Orndorf

Clouded execution and miscasting neuters the intended objective the film has to brand the character a clear-thinking leader of the pack. Charlie Bartlett is not a hero; he deserves a spanking.

Full Review Source: OhmyNews.com | Original Score: C-

February 21, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...all the fawning and sucking-up to bored and disgruntled teenagers...can't make Charlie anything but a sleazy, pill-pushing sociopath.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

February 29, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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The characters remain halfway between genuine comic creations and realistic individuals, and the whole narrative feels artificial, stuck in the tension between being a morality play and a freewheeling comedy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2008
Joshua Tyler

It's like Ferris Bueller's Day Off by way of The Virgin Suicides, and believe me when I tell you the two absolutely do not mix.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 19, 2008
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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Almost everything in Charlie Bartlett is based on successful teen comedy formulas of the '70s, '80s and '90s.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 22, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Once you remove the layer of imitations, nothing much remains.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

February 21, 2008
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

Seeing itself as a Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the 21st century, Charlie Bartlett the film is instead a testimony to how low we as a culture can stoop.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: C

February 22, 2008
Peter Sobczynski

Smug, painfully unoriginal and about as hip and edgy as a trip to Sears.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 22, 2008
Steve Rose
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Eric Melin

In the end, the big message of Charlie Bartlett was said better and more succinctly in an R.E.M. song. Everybody Hurts.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 21, 2008
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
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Village Voice
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February 27, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008

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