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Charlie Bartlett Reviews

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February 29, 2008
...all the fawning and sucking-up to bored and disgruntled teenagers...can't make Charlie anything but a sleazy, pill-pushing sociopath.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 28, 2008
Like Charlie's classmates, you'll likely be skeptical when the film introduces itself -- and then surprised when you're won over by its small charms.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 28, 2008
...one of the most effective high-school comedies to come around in quite some time...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2008
Quirky, provocative and insightful, the slightly overlong but thoroughly enjoyable Charlie Bartlett is a comic gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 28, 2008
Charlie Bartlett represents a new sincerity ... The teens in this comedy are jaded, but not cynical: They've seen too much and want to create a whole different view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 27, 2008
Parts of Charlie Bartlett are enjoyable, especially Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as a high-school principal who hates his life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 27, 2008
A Harold and Maude for the Ritalin generation. The only problem is Charlie Bartlett lacks the broader -- more subversive -- range of Harold and Maude.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2008
Enough with the teenage coming-of-age movies, already! And this one is particularly offensive.
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February 26, 2008
Warning to parents of teenagers: keep your kids away from 'Charlie Bartlett'.
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February 25, 2008
Even though there's some smart stuff in Charlie Bartlett, there's a lot more dumb stuff that keeps the worthy elements from aligning.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
February 24, 2008
You might think you've met someone like "Charlie Bartlett" before. The fact is, if you've seen many movies, you have.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2008
Like its main character, Charlie Bartlett tries so hard to win us over that it practically bursts a celluloid vein in the process...Yet you can't deny that they both have impressive energy.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
February 23, 2008
Charlie Bartlett begins as somewhat of a typical coming-of-age teen comedy, but by the second act it had me thinking it's an original idea with adult appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2008
The first two acts are the prescription for what's wrong in the third.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2008
Charlie could be a Ferris Bueller type but he's too confrontational. Ferris never got anyone else in trouble.Rooney did it to himself, but Ferris wouldn't hurt anyone. Maybe it's more like a Pump Up the Volume for the medicated generation.
February 22, 2008
While Charlie Bartlett's spitting in the face of authority may thrill disenchanted teens, its obnoxiousness and phoniness is enough to make me feel like an old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn.
Full Review | Original Score: D
February 22, 2008
Charlie's more unsavory activities spring from the same source tapped in Rock 'n' Roll High School by Clint Howard's Eaglebauer character.
February 22, 2008
Director Jon Poll lends a deft hand with his mostly youthful cast and pushes the tale to its satisfying, though routine, conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 22, 2008
[Director] Jon Poll... has trouble transitioning from humor to seriousness - and ends up mocking characters who need our sympathy the most.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2008
The movie as a whole is a sweet pill to swallow.
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