• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Burr Steers
    In Theaters:
    Jul 30, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 9, 2010
  • Universal Pictures

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Charlie St. Cloud Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 31, 2011
Anna Smith
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2010
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

July 30, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Where's a vampire when you need one?

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

July 30, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The movie has a machine-extruded gloss that makes it harder, not easier, to swallow its difficult emotions.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 30, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Maudlin and unintentionally hilarious.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

July 30, 2010
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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While Efron does his best to carry the film, the rest of Charlie St. Cloud feels a bit too formulaic, pretentious and cloying...

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

July 30, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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If Zac Efron hadn't signed on, this sappy spiritual fantasy would certainly have skipped the cineplex altogether -- in favor of eternal rotation on cable.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The movie tries to capture the crushing weight of loss, but between the insipid pop tunes and the repetitive shots cutting away to a lighthouse on a scenic outcropping, it feels more like a film version of a condolence card.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

July 30, 2010
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Despite all the effort, Efron and the mugging Tahan don't strike fire, and their affectionate banter gets old.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 30, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Charlie St. Cloud -- from its awful title to its annoyingly perfect photography -- is a schmaltzy sniffle at best.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 30, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 30, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Steers takes his time and it pays off in Efron's subdued performance, earnest and yearning.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 30, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Charlie St. Cloud is a delicate film - not flimsy, but fragile - that holds together on the strength of Efron's physical presence and performance.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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You are not, in a movie like this, supposed to think too much; you are supposed to be transported beyond skepticism on a wave of pure, tacky feeling. Instead, in this case, you drown in sentimental, ghoulish nonsense.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 30, 2010
S. James Snyder
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2010
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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This could have been a sappy Hallmark story; instead it's uplifting and thoughtful.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

July 30, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The good news is that Efron continues to get better with each film; he just hasn't gotten a role yet that will finally put his acting potential to the test.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 29, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An over-sentimental effort that incorporates love, drama, bereavement, comedy, seagoing adventure and mystical uplift...

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 29, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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He is noble. He is virtuous. He is often wet.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 29, 2010
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Te film is memorable mainly for attractive people sailing and smooching against an attractive backdrop. There's no urgency behind all the preening.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

July 29, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The sappy script is a disservice to the naturally effervescent Efron, whose character is so mopey he makes Robert Pattinson seem like a song-and-dance man.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

July 29, 2010
MaryAnn Johanson
Film.com
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I found it impossible not to fall in love with Charlie St. Cloud. Because he is genuinely compassionate, genuinely hurting, and genuinely endearing. And that's all because Efron has real soul onscreen.

Full Review Source: Film.com

July 29, 2010
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Those easily moved will sniffle as cued; anyone else is likely to remain dry-eyed.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 29, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An unstable mix of youth romance, metaphysical idealism and tropes that seemingly belong in a horror film.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 29, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Some bad movies should carry a leper's bell to warn off ticket buyers. Such a contagion is Charlie St. Cloud, a load of mawkish swill starring Zac Efron.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

July 29, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The story's icky, frankly.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 29, 2010
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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The characters and their supernatural love triangle are developed with a businesslike efficiency that makes it almost impossible to invest in them emotionally.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 28, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The surreal thing is, Zac Efron can't do despair. He plays it by staring. Blankly. And by not smiling. Blankly.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

July 28, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Zac Efron is going places as an actor of value. But he deserves better movies than Charlie St. Cloud.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Shallow homilies ultimately dominate, but there's a deeper movie trying to get out from behind the greeting card.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 28, 2010
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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This handsomely shot melodrama has a twist too peculiar to dismiss as some two-bit Nicholas Sparks weepie.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 27, 2010
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