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Charlie Bartlett Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll have their Ferris Bueller thing working perfectly, with a few 2008 wrinkles.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing.
Brian Marder
October 1, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
Mostly this was a quirky, smart, inspiring, and surprisingly enjoyable High School movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
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.
Kevin McCarthy
June 1, 2008
The movie is extremely hilarious, yet very serious and emotional at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
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
Matthew Turner
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
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-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 28, 2008 of the most effective high-school comedies to come around in quite some time...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
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
Serena Donadoni
Orlando Weekly
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
Rob Gonsalves
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Beth Accomando
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
Diana Saenger
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
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