Charlie St. Cloud Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 31, 2012
Melodramatic and off-putting, this Zac Efron drama is a complete mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Shannon Wright
Moviedex
October 29, 2010
There's a soft allure at play here, but it's largely overshadowed by a well-worn dialogue, and an often muddled plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandy George
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 24, 2010
All in all it's harmless entertainment for girls and perhaps inspiring too, given the love interest wants to sail single-handedly around the world, but it is very melodramatic and syrupy.
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
July 31, 2010
A romance in the grand Hollywood tradition, the script takes a Sixth Sense turn that gets in the way of Charlie and Tess' - and Charlie and Sam's - chemistry.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 28, 2010
The movie's central gimmick isn't enough, and when more supernatural twists that don't play by the movie's own fantasy rules kick in, it lost me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
August 5, 2010
Zac Efron should consider a new agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
September 23, 2010
Some of my fellow critics at a media screening guffawed during the most egregiously syrupy moments, a reaction which paying audiences might well share.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 6, 2010
The photography is pretty, but the Ghost-lite script makes even less sense than the silly title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 30, 2010
Steers and his screenwriters aren't aiming for logic; they're leading up to the next opportunity for Efron to remove his shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 29, 2010
Perhaps no haunted, grieving character in the history of cinema has had his abs lingered over as much as Efron here.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2010
The story's icky, frankly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
William Goss
Cinematical
July 30, 2010
Have you ever flipped really fast between one channel showing "Dawson's Creek" re-runs and another showing "Ghost Whisperer"? Even if you haven't, you pretty much get the idea.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 7, 2010
More maudlin than subtle, more schmaltzy than emotionally true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 11, 2010
The only thing missing from this gothic-romance version of Ben Sherwood's novel is a choir of angels.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
July 30, 2010
Despite all the effort, Efron and the mugging Tahan don't strike fire, and their affectionate banter gets old.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 13, 2010
Let's all go play baseball in the park with some ghosts, rather than wasting our time watching this silly, silly film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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S. James Snyder
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2010
With its assurances that everything happens for a reason and everything will be alright, a potentially haunting story becomes a philosophical one-way street.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2010
An unstable mix of youth romance, metaphysical idealism and tropes that seemingly belong in a horror film.
Keith Cohen
Sun Publications (Kansas City, KS)
August 1, 2010
Efron's acting consists primarily of blank stares into space and reciting boringly ordinary dialogue. The movie's main strengths are the picturesque scenic venue of Vancouver, British Columbia and the crystal clear cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 29, 2010
A hackneyed, disjointed, painfully corny and contrived drama that can't be saved by breathtaking scenery or Zac Efron's charming performance. It's best suited as a Lifetime TV movie-of-the-week.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.515/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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