Charlie Bartlett

2007, Comedy/Drama, 1h 38m

132 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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With engaging performances marked by an inconsistent tone, Charlie Bartlett is a mixed bag of clever teen angst comedy and muddled storytelling. Read critic reviews

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Awkward teenager Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) has trouble fitting in at a new high school. Charlie needs some friends fast, and decides that the best way to find them is to appoint himself the resident psychiatrist. He becomes one of the most popular guys in school by doling out advice and, occasionally, medication, to the student body.

Cast & Crew

Anton Yelchin
Charlie Bartlett
Robert Downey Jr.
Principal Gardner
Hope Davis
Marilyn Bartlett
Kat Dennings
Susan Gardner
Tyler Hilton
Murphy Bivens
Mark Rendall
Kip Crombwell
Dylan Taylor
Len Arbuckle
Megan Park
Whitney Drummond
Jake Epstein
Dustin Lauderbach
Jonathan Malen
Jordan Sunder
Derek McGrath
Supt. Sedgwick
Stephen Young
Dr. Stan Weathers
Ishan Davé
Henry Freemont
Jon Poll
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Jay Roach
Producer
Paul Sarossy
Cinematographer
William Horberg
Executive Producer
Jennifer Perini
Executive Producer
Trish Hofmann
Executive Producer
Bruce Toll
Executive Producer
Tamara Deverell
Production Design
Christophe Beck
Original Music
Luis Sequeira
Costume Designer
David Rubin
Casting
Zeljka Alosinac
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Bartlett

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (56)

  • The promising themes peter out as the film loses direction, though, and Bartlett is neither sympathetic enough to root for nor dumb enough to laugh at.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There are plenty of good qualities in Charlie; it just needed to apply itself a little more.

    May 16, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [F]eels like little more than an amalgam of great moments from the John Hughes oeuvre as well as from Thumbsucker, Pump Up the Volume and Over the Edge, among others.

    May 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The movie as a whole is a sweet pill to swallow.

    February 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Charlie Bartlett is a refreshingly entertaining character study that refuses to dumb down its youthful cast or bury their concerns in service of a catchy soundtrack.

    February 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The characters remain halfway between genuine comic creations and realistic individuals, and the whole narrative feels artificial, stuck in the tension between being a morality play and a freewheeling comedy.

    February 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 21, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2012
    A sub standard Ferris Bueller
    wicked A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2011
    Charlie Bartlett: Oh trust me doc, bringing psychiatric drugs and teenagers together is like opening a lemonade stand in the desert.  "Popularity is a state of mind." I am extremely pleased with Charlie Bartlett. Not that I am surprised I liked it so much, as I am a huge fan of both Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey Jr., and the premise was awesome. Sure there were plot elements that were less than unlikely and scenes that really turned up the melodrama for no particular reason, but for the most part it was a really good set in high school movie. Charlie Bartlett gets kicked out of his fancy private school for selling fake ID's and must go back to his huge mansion with his mother and attend public school. Charlie less than fits in with the kids at this new school, so he tries to fins a way to win them over. He chooses drugs. All kids want to get high and that is his way to get popular and also make some cash on the side. Then he starts offering psychiatric help for all the kids in his school in the bathroom. The principal isn't very fond of him and that is heightened when Charlie and his daughter start hanging out. I thought the film was extremely cool and had a pretty good concept. I like the idea of a kid no one likes finding a way to become the cool kid. Yeah it has been done before, but never like this. Yelchin owns every role he's ever had. Not once have I seen him in a movie and not been totally impressed and convinced by his performance. That is saying quite a bit since he started young. It doesn't look like he is going to fade out like some young actors do, at least I hope not. The movie has some fun sequences and some insightful ones. The insightful ones are a little overdone, I'll admit; and yeah, there are some incredibly cliched characters. But come on, high school is one big cliche and all the characters in this film really exist in just about every high school in the world. Overall the film works because of its cool premise and two actors who nail their roles. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2011
    Charlie Bartlett was a decent coming of age comedy. However there are far better comedies out there that have addressed the subject. Director Jon Poll is no John Hughes and it shows. Charlie Bartlett tries to be a copy of many of Hughes' classic films. The film a good attempt at being a teen comedy with brains, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Actor Anton Yelchin is a so-so actor, and he manages to have good screen presence. I thought that the film was mildly entertaining and it was funny and dramatic in parts. Charlie Bartlett is nothing really great as a comedy, but it does manage to be entertaining. I felt that at times, the film suffered from poor writing and it could've been much better than it was. Charlie Bartlett had the potential of being a great comedy, instead the film lacks in some respects and the films conclusion is average. The film is a decent film to watch, but it's not a memorable film to re-watch and enjoy over and over again. The film manages to entertain, but leaves you wanting more. For what is, Charlie Bartlett is a good enough try at a teen comedy, however it's not as memorable as other films in the genre. A fairly forgettable film in the genre, one that does make you laugh, but doesn't do anything refreshing with its ideas. A decent film with laughs, however it's clear that this is a pretty forgettable film.
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