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The Education of Charlie Banks Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

The story of a street kid hiding out in a preppy college never leaves familiar ground.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 15, 2011
Brian Orndorf

Would've made a swell student film for Durst, a safe haven for the rocker to work out his film school inclinations. As a feature-length requiem for the disturbed soul, this picture is woefully ineffective.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

June 15, 2009
Chris Cabin

perceptive and gripping

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2009
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

It's just a shame the story wasn't handled as a simple memoir, rather than some sort of cautionary tale.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 17, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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One of those voice-over memory stories about a college student coming to terms with the bully who haunted his childhood.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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An earnest, if romanticized, examination of the American class system in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the eternally confounding politics of acceptance and exclusion.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 17, 2009
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions.

April 3, 2009
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

The cast is superb in their performances.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 1, 2009
Jurgen Fauth

A surprisingly amiable coming-of-age tale that is especially remarkable for its honesty about class.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2009
Scott Mendelson
Film Threat

A film that succeeds at being good without really succeeding in being worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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There are some things to like about The Education of Charlie Banks, but also plenty that detracts from what could be an interesting story.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

March 30, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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You take one scene that doesn't quite get there followed by another scene that doesn't quite get there, all of a sudden you've got a movie that doesn't quite get there.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

March 30, 2009
Pete Hammond

Unnerving and uneven college drama is well-acted but doesn't seem to know what it's trying to say.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 29, 2009
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Too often Durst's direction is overly earnest, heavy in long takes, atmosphere wise but scene foolish.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The Education of Charlie Banks wants to be The Great Gatsby of college movies. It falls a tad short.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 27, 2009
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Thanks to sincere performances (most notably from Mr. Ritter and Eva Amurri as Charlie's upper-crust crush) and clever writing (by Peter Elkoff), the movie never becomes maudlin.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 27, 2009
Dave White

You will spend this film's entire 100+ minutes waiting for the inevitable moment of reckoning between Charlie and the young thug he fears the most.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2009
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The film's potential cynicism is suffocated with a TV movie flatness, occasionally--and egregiously--spackled with sentimental music that makes it sag when it should slice.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

March 26, 2009
Stephanie Zacharek
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There's enough sweetness, and enough just-under-the-surface intelligence, in "The Education of Charlie Banks" to suggest that Durst may have a future as a filmmaker.

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March 26, 2009
Kam Williams

If you're at all intrigued by the idea of exploring angst and anomie among the entitled upper crust, then this Ivy League variation on Fight Club just might satiate that effete brand of bloodlust.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2009
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