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Charlie Bartlett Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
Charlie Bartlett plays it too safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 22, 2008
Imagine an R-rated Ferris Bueller with only the most annoying parts of the younger Matthew Broderick's screen persona emphasized and you'll draw a bead on Bartlett.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 21, 2008
Like its anodyne hero, Charlie Bartlett wants to make mischief, but it wants even more to get a gold star.
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.
Mike Scott
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
Fernando F. Croce
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.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
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.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
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
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
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
Victoria Alexander
February 21, 2008
Its not money, good looks, or grades that make someone popular in high school. It's selling prescription drugs.
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Brian Orndorf
February 21, 2008
Clouded execution and miscasting neuters the intended objective the film has to brand the character a clear-thinking leader of the pack. Charlie Bartlett is not a hero; he deserves a spanking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
February 22, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tyler
February 19, 2008
It's like Ferris Bueller's Day Off by way of The Virgin Suicides, and believe me when I tell you the two absolutely do not mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
February 22, 2008
Almost everything in Charlie Bartlett is based on successful teen comedy formulas of the '70s, '80s and '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 21, 2008
Once you remove the layer of imitations, nothing much remains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
February 22, 2008
Seeing itself as a Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the 21st century, Charlie Bartlett the film is instead a testimony to how low we as a culture can stoop.
| Original Score: C
Peter Sobczynski
February 22, 2008
Smug, painfully unoriginal and about as hip and edgy as a trip to Sears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rose
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
Eric Melin
February 21, 2008
In the end, the big message of Charlie Bartlett was said better and more succinctly in an R.E.M. song. Everybody Hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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