One of those voice-over memory stories about a college student coming to terms with the bully who haunted his childhood.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions.
There are some things to like about The Education of Charlie Banks, but also plenty that detracts from what could be an interesting story.
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.
Too often Durst's direction is overly earnest, heavy in long takes, atmosphere wise but scene foolish.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Education of Charlie Banks wants to be The Great Gatsby of college movies. It falls a tad short.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Another nicely understated performance from Jesse Eisenberg anchors this shambling drama, the latest film from Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst.
Ritter, who's like the young Ethan Hawke on a bender of violence, is an actor to watch.
| Original Score: B-
For a man prone to unleashed inhibitions, [director] Durst's creative approach feels all bottled up.
| Original Score: 2/6
I fully recommend The Education of Charlie Banks to anyone looking for something truly and subtly different.
If it's a failure, at least it's a laudable one instead of cynically by-the-numbers.