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Charlie Bartlett Reviews

February 22, 2008
The movie as a whole is a sweet pill to swallow.
February 22, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 22, 2008
Those waiting for the arrival of the next Juno may want to skip Charlie Bartlett, a relentlessly earnest teen film about a 17-year-old misfit who's been tossed out of one prep school after another for bad behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 22, 2008
Watching Charlie Bartlett only makes Wes Anderson's work seem more accomplished by comparison, because it underscores that thin line separating the agreeably fanciful from the overbearingly precious.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 22, 2008
A comedy that strains so hard to be edgy it nearly pulls a muscle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
Two decades after Ferris Bueller, a new smarty-pants seeks popularity in Charlie Bartlett.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 22, 2008
Charlie Bartlett starts to get a bit preachy as it works its way toward a climax heavily influenced by Rushmore, but it's still well above average for this type of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2008
It's risky business championing an adolescent protagonist who thrives on the illicit. But the appointments Charlie holds in the men's room make an argument most can get behind.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2008
Yelchin gives Charlie a fresh-faced naiveté that raises the question: Is he a do-gooder or a villain? And do you care?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 22, 2008
A rebellious teen comedy that isn't as good or as radical as Pump Up the Volume, but still feels like a shot in the arm and is full of irreverent energy.
February 22, 2008
An exuberant, unexpectedly smart comedy about the fraught give-and-take between kids and grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
The film feels like an old person's notion of how young people live.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2008
[Director] Poll never picks a tone to stick with, so the movie is neither quite naturalistic nor stylized enough, and Charlie's character vacillates between charming-soulful and creepy-weird.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 22, 2008
Like the teenagers in it, Charlie Bartlett is a movie in search of an identity, wondering just what sort of high-school flick it wants to be when it grows up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2008
Charlie Bartlett may not be a great movie, but it does serve as a splendid introduction to a supremely promising talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 22, 2008
Tone is everything in a movie like this, and director John Poll spends the entire running time trying to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
February 22, 2008
There's lots to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2008
It feels like a teen movie hijacked by guidance counselors -- an after-school special in wolf's clothing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 21, 2008
Charlie Bartlett asks audiences to believe that its protagonist is so sheltered that he has no clue how bizarre his precious, overly mannered behavior looks to his peers.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 21, 2008
This high school dramedy feels strangely earthbound, despite an articulate script and an engaging cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2008
Not surprisingly we learn that parents need to listen more often to what their kids are saying. What Charlie really needs is a scriptwriter who's forceful and creative enough to break new ground.
February 21, 2008
Like its anodyne hero, Charlie Bartlett wants to make mischief, but it wants even more to get a gold star.
February 21, 2008
It overdoes the quirkiness and underdoes the character development, but, in the end, it's salvaged by a remarkable performance by Robert Downey Jr., who hardly ever gives any other kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 21, 2008
What more could one ask of a nostalgia trip?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
February 20, 2008
[Sitting through] Charlie Bartlett makes you feel as if you've just watched three episodes of a new TV series you can't wait to see more of -- one that's so funny and smart and unpredictable, it would probably only survive one season on the air.
February 20, 2008
Appropriating many of the rebel responsibilities of Ferris Bueller and Rushmore's Max Fischer but little of their fresh charms, the title teen iconoclast of this antic yet bland comedy is showily updated for our psychotropic age.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 20, 2008
I salute the inventiveness, imagination and cockeyed teenage humor in a delightful new movie called Charlie Bartlett. It picks up where Juno left off.
February 19, 2008
I would classify Charlie Bartlett as a smart teen film. It's more ambitious and overall more successful than its '80s forebears even though the resemblance is unmistakable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2007
Yelchin delivers one of those performances that pop eyes.
May 10, 2007
Rollicking story of a rich kid whose wildly successful bid for popularity has him playing drug-distributing shrink to an entire high school boasts pitch-perfect faceoffs between Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey Jr. could fuel a chemistry lab.
May 1, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5