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Charlie Countryman (2013)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 38

Shia LaBeouf clearly relishes his role in Charlie Countryman, but his efforts can't salvage the movie's shallow script and overstuffed direction.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 11

Shia LaBeouf clearly relishes his role in Charlie Countryman, but his efforts can't salvage the movie's shallow script and overstuffed direction.



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Movie Info

When his late mother appears in a vision and tells him to go to Bucharest, Charlie immediately boards a plane across the Atlantic. But when he meets a fellow passenger, Charlie finds himself with another promise to fulfill. Charlie does so - and falls head over heels in love with Gabi, a beautiful musician. However, a vicious gangster has already laid claim to Gabi, and has no intention of letting her go. Determined to protect her, Charlie enters into the hallucinatory, Romanian underworld


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Matt Drake

Jan 21, 2014


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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (38) | DVD (1)

LaBeouf, who throws himself whole-heartedly into every role regardless of its worth, is a fearless and fascinating actor, and his sincerity holds the entire sleazy mess together.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Ah, Bucharest. That exotic, Eastern European hotbed of romance, intrigue and hefty film-production tax breaks.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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However you cut it, with all that talent, Charlie Countryman feels like a sad, wasted opportunity.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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This catastrophe of a movie zigzags drunkenly between action-adventure and surreal comedy with some magical realism slopped over it like ketchup.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Even though you learn that Charlie is absolute aces at running from bad guys, the character pretty much remains a confusing, empty vessel. As does the movie.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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There's underworld intrigue, and Bucharest gets to show itself off nicely.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Embrace the film's brazen weirdness (and forgive its inconsistent tone) and you'll find an off-kilter romance in the vein of True Romance or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Mostly, this is empty, ugly and pretentious.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The ugly step-child of In Bruges with none of the class or wit, Charlie Countryman is truly terrible.

January 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Trite indie-hipster exercise in blending romance, violence, and quirk.

January 26, 2014 Full Review Source:

Dropping acid must be far more entertaining than watching this pretentious mess ...

January 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

... an overwrought and muddled mess with little redemptive value.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source:

There's no peaceful, affecting middle ground here, just a lot of noise, color, and empty feelings competing for attention, with little squeezing through the thick coating of artifice.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source:

Offbeat, Bucharest-set, film-noir romance with music by Moby.

November 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The haphazard use of magical realism and the ever-shifting thrust of the narrative makes the film wear out its welcome long before it's over.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: GeekNation

Tonally adolescent, the film is enraptured with the emo-ness and ecstasy of love...Love may be all you need, but, sheesh, give it a rest for a second.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

True love may be worth doing anything to attain, but I can't say "Charlie Countryman" is worth the time investment to learn such a truth.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

Somewhere along the way, we the audience, lose track of the tremendous acting and directing potential when we start to wonder why we ever cared about these people in the first place?

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

Spontaneous and vulgar, the savage nature of Charlie Countryman overpowers its incoherent inconsistencies for a pretty gratifying and lucid experience.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source:

A lame mash up of genres and ideas stolen from other movies and funneled into a lifeless romance between a Romanian damsel in distress and a scrawny, hirsute American who looks like he was yanked from the cast of 'Ratatouille.'

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Dark romance/drama with sadistic villain gets bloody.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One of these days Shia LaBeouf will find a script that is worthy of his considerable acting talent. "Charlie Countryman" is not that vehicle.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Not a homerun, but Shia LaBeouf never lets his reckless passion fail.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Charlie Countryman

three stars
December 29, 2013
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

It may not be the most well made, but 'Charlie Countryman' is easily one of the coolest cinematic experiences I've had this year. LaBeouf alone makes the movie worth watching, but the kinetic direction from newcomer Fredrik Bond is welcome. Mads Mikkelsen is never a sore sight to see either, and his presence definitely heightens the film. The magical realism aspect blends well with the backdrop of the seedy underbelly of Bucharest. It may not be an entirely great story, but it is fantastically told. 'Charlie Countryman' is a breath of fresh air, a film for film's sake, during that time of the year where we are exposed to film for academy's sake.
December 25, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.

Great Film! What you are about to see is a crazy love story involuntarily intertwined with the criminal world. It's not about being a hero and conquering the love of your life when you are lost, it's just about following the emotions which bring you to life. The musical score will take you by the hand a lot, and it can be very good. You will feel the sense of loss as strongly as the leads in their own time. I liked the way, Shia played his character and I thought Evan Rachel Wood was great too. Of course the movie does have quite a few flaws too, but it is engaging and if you let yourself into it, you will be entertained. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who thinks of himself as a romantic person, and I'd definitely recommend it to all ladies.

While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.
November 24, 2013
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Charlie: I'm super nervous right now, because this is kind of a wild experience for me.

If there is one thing that Charlie Countryman was able to do, it was remind me to express how much love I have for the film Run Lola Run, which is a fast-paced, off-beat, flurry of an action film, supporting themes of love, chance, and inevitability vs. free will; all while being fueled by a pulsating techno soundtrack. Charlie Countryman has a lot of this as well, but while the film makes good use of location and provides Shia LaBeouf with a chance to show off his talents away from big blockbusters, it is also a big violent mess. What begins as a promising, off-beat, romantic adventure turns into a dirty, illogical film that fails to connect.

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November 14, 2013

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    1. Charlie Countryman: Listen, i can't sit here, put me in a jump seat, put me in a bathroom, put me in the lavatory...
    – Submitted by warner c (10 months ago)
    1. Gabi Banyai: You think you love me.
    – Submitted by warner c (10 months ago)
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