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Charlie Bartlett Reviews

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April 28, 2011
Writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll have their Ferris Bueller thing working perfectly, with a few 2008 wrinkles.
September 4, 2009
There are sweet moments, and there are funny moments, but it all just becomes so eye-rollingly calculated that it's hard to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 27, 2009
'It is our duty as teenagers to piss off our parents,' Charlie says. The film succeeds only in pissing off the viewer.
October 18, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
Charlie Bartlett plays it too safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2008
Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing.
August 27, 2008
Charlie Bartlett is a poor man's Rushmore. There is a great film waiting to be made about psychiatry, anti-depressants and our youth, but this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
July 22, 2008
Mostly this was a quirky, smart, inspiring, and surprisingly enjoyable High School movie.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2008
Robert Downey Jr. playing an alcoholic principal lecturing on the dangers of drugs is one of those wonderfully ironic, Twilight Zone moments that only Hollywood can provide.
July 11, 2008
Charlie Bartlett is the Ferris Bueller of our drug addled age. Except he's not a fraction of the charmer ol' Ferris was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2008
The movie is extremely hilarious, yet very serious and emotional at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2008
There are plenty of good qualities in Charlie; it just needed to apply itself a little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2008
Hugely entertaining high school drama with a delightfully offbeat script and terrific performances from a superb cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2008
Charlie Bartlett is not terrible - but in the crowded market of teen comedies, you need to work a whole lot harder to be top of the class, or even to sit at the back with the cool kids.
May 1, 2008
[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.
April 17, 2008
Juno's dorkier, needier cousin, the one who's watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2008
Even in the canon of high school flicks, Charlie Bartlett seems slight, but like its wide-eyed protagonist, it ultimately wins you over on the strength of its puppy-dog appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2008
Not quite in the elite company of high school comedy classics like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Election," but it is close.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 2, 2008
(O)ther than the reprehensible glorification of teenage sexual promiscuity, this is a meaningless, forgettable film that is relatively entertaining...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 2, 2008
Bartlett would make a decent sitcom character, and the uneven film plays out accordingly.
| Original Score: 2/4
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