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Charlie St. Cloud (2010)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 90

Zac Efron gives it his all, but Charlie St. Cloud is too shallow and cloying to offer much more than eye candy for his fans.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28

Zac Efron gives it his all, but Charlie St. Cloud is too shallow and cloying to offer much more than eye candy for his fans.



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Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of mother Claire and little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But, his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high-school classmate Tess returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And, as he finds the courage to let go



Craig Pearce, Lewis Colick

Nov 9, 2010


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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (90) | DVD (5)

It's more of a demo reel for Efron than a movie. His predominant fan base, though, won't mind a bit.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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As the drama increases, so do the clumsy flashbacks and corny lines: this relies on cheap tricks to force tears, even if those tricks work.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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All this sets us up for a "twist" ending, but if you don't predict it a half-hour before its revelation, you surely must have nodded off during baseball practice.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Where's a vampire when you need one?

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
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The movie has a machine-extruded gloss that makes it harder, not easier, to swallow its difficult emotions.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Maudlin and unintentionally hilarious.

July 30, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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the film cranks up the level of schmaltz to a fever pitch

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Melodramatic and off-putting, this Zac Efron drama is a complete mess.

December 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

[A] ghoulish death comedy.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

There's a soft allure at play here, but it's largely overshadowed by a well-worn dialogue, and an often muddled plot.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Guys certainly shouldn't throw their dignity out of the window to go see it alone, but if their girlfriends are dragging them along, they might just enjoy it a lot more than expected.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Let's all go play baseball in the park with some ghosts, rather than wasting our time watching this silly, silly film.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (2)

Ttearjerking amalgam of Nicholas Sparks and M Night Shyamalan won't do Zac Efron any favours in his attempts to be taken seriously...

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

There's not much on this movie's mind but photogenic healing, and making all the girls go ga-ga at the sight of Efron mewling with grief.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph

Cynics will find the film mawkish, but the story-telling is clear and involving.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

What might have been a poignant exploration of the effects of bereavement is hamstrung by rotten twists, redundant action scenes and a few too many publicist-approved shots of Efron staring wistfully into the sunset.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

This movie's a teenage tear-jerker and it does its job very well.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online | Comment (1)
Sun Online

While the subject matter tends towards morbidity, the film-makers strive to divert us with many dappling sunsets, the blue of Ephron's eyes and a sappy melodrama that even 13-year-old girls might scoff at.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent

Shame it's so slow and contradicts its own strained logic, ending up in the same listless limbo as The Time Traveler's Wife and The Lovely Bones.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

Future historians of the financial crisis may point to this movie, not Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel, as the cultural low point of the business world.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Efron excels, proving he's leading-man material. But sign-post scoring and drill-'em-home emotional beats weigh things down. Rubbish ending, too.

October 7, 2010 | Comment (1)
Little White Lies

More maudlin than subtle, more schmaltzy than emotionally true.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Another solid performance by Zac Efron is flattened by bombastic filmmaking.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

An adaptation that smooths out the sharp edges of Ben Sherwood's source novel, it's a decent enough vehicle to flaunt Efron's acting chops.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Charlie St. Cloud

Directed by Burr Steers, Universal Pictures, 2010. Starring Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Charlie Tahan and Ray Liotta.

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama

Question: How many child stars grow up and prove they are actually legitimate actors? There are a handful of names that pops to mind: Jodie Foster, Shia LaBeouf, and Kurt Russell. But I might need to add one to that list now: Zac Efron. Yes, I am serious.

This past weekend I watched Charlie St. Cloud - actually for the second time. I saw it last summer when it was in the theaters but I wasn't reviewing movies back then. Well, at least I wasn't writing down my reviews. I enjoyed the movie then and found it just as quaint this weekend mainly because of Zac Efron and his performance.

Now I was introduced to the singing, dancing actor through a not-so-thrilling venue (well, not thrilling for moi): High School Musical. My daughter was obsessed with this movie when she was five (now nine) so I listened to that movie and the songs over and over and over again. Zac Efron was the star of that movie and my daughter thought he was sooooo cute. Hey, I had some celebrity crushes too that my mother didn't quite understand.

Fast forward four years and Zac Efron is all grown up and starring in Charlie St. Cloud.

The movie starts out with him and his little brother in a sailing race. We soon find out that their family doesn't have the means to really support his sailing dreams but luckily he had received a sailing scholarship to go to college. But even though he has only a summer left before college Charlie likes spending time with his little brother: teaching him the fundamentals of baseball and sharing his older brotherly advice. He and his brother are very close even though they are six years a part. Now where the story goes from here should remain a mystery if you have not seen it yet.

The story takes a sudden and heartbreaking turn that had me in tears (again). There is an unbreakable bond between these two brothers, Charlie (Zac Efron) and Sam (Charlie Tahan). Charlies ends up living with certain consequences that forces him on a different path. But he remains loyal to his little brother.

What surprised me most about this film was the main actor. He really had to portray some powerful emotions and he did that quite well. There are many close-up shots of the blue-eyed young adult that will have all the young girls swoon. Except my daughter: she came in during the movie. She asked if that was Zac. I nodded. She replied "He so old now" and she walked away. Guess you could say she is over that crush.

Anyway, I will say it again. This is a quaint movie with a sweet tale about brotherly love that may be worth your time. I believe Zac Efron will go on to do some pretty wonderful performances in the future.

My favorite thing: I have to say it: Zac Efron.

My least favorite thing: They did try a little too hard to push the boundaries of a believable story.

Random thought: This isn't my only review of one of Zac Efron's performances: Me and Orson Wells.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 99 minutes

Review: 5 out of 10
June 7, 2012
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I liked Zac Efron's character over here. Although the movie seemed okay to me but the story was really good.
January 4, 2012
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I watched this after the dull, tedious mess that was The Dilemma, and I would say it probably made this one seem better by default! At least this was entertaining, although I would not go as far as to say it is actually good.
Zac Efron hams it up big time here. He is not all that convincing, attractive, but not convincing! He plays a guy who gets into a car crash with his young brother, from which the brother dies. Wrecked by guilt, he gives up his plans and stays home, where he starts to see his dead brother, who pleads with him not to leave. He also meets a girl, who may or may not be dead herself.
Kind of nice story, not exactly believable and a bit religious in spots for my tastes, but for what it is... fine.. Wasn't expecting a masterpiece, didn't get one, but is a bit of light entertainment.
July 23, 2011

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    1. Sam St. Cloud: You hurt because you're alive.
    – Submitted by Sophia C (21 months ago)
    1. Claire St. Cloud: We'll always be Brothers...
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Sam St. Cloud: Nobody ever gets to see what could have been.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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