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Charlie Countryman (2013)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: 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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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 4,203

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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 … More

Rating:
R (for some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity, and drug use)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Matt Drake
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 21, 2014
Box Office:
$8.0k
Runtime:
Millennium Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Charlie Countryman

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.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Ah, Bucharest. That exotic, Eastern European hotbed of romance, intrigue and hefty film-production tax breaks.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

However you cut it, with all that talent, Charlie Countryman feels like a sad, wasted opportunity.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This catastrophe of a movie zigzags drunkenly between action-adventure and surreal comedy with some magical realism slopped over it like ketchup.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

There's underworld intrigue, and Bucharest gets to show itself off nicely.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Under the Radar

Mostly, this is empty, ugly and pretentious.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Total Film

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

Full Review… | January 29, 2014
Quickflix

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2014
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2014
The List

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

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013
Blu-ray.com

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

Full Review… | November 16, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
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?

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Schmoes Know

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

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Examiner.com

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.'

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Dark romance/drama with sadistic villain gets bloody.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Charlie Countryman

three stars

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YodaMasterJedi
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.

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Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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MANUGINO
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.

read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

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DrZeek
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

Charlie Countryman Quotes


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 (11 months ago)
Gabi Banyai:
You think you love me.
– Submitted by warner c (11 months ago)

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