Charlie St. Cloud


Charlie St. Cloud

Critics Consensus

Zac Efron gives it his all, but Charlie St. Cloud is too shallow and cloying to offer much more than eye candy for his fans.



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Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of mother Claire and little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But, his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high-school classmate Tess returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And, as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own.


Zac Efron
as Charlie St. Cloud
Charlie Tahan
as Sam St. Cloud
Amanda Crew
as Tess Carroll
Augustus Prew
as Alistair Woolley
Donal Logue
as Tink Weatherbee
Kim Basinger
as Claire St. Cloud
Ray Liotta
as Florio Ferrente
Matt Ward
as Connors
Desiree Zurowski
as Carla Ferrente
Adrian Hough
as Ben Carroll
Jill Teed
as Grace Carroll
Valerie Tian
as Girl in Toy Store
Valerie Tan
as Girl in Toy Store
Grace Sherman
as Girl in Toy Store
Brenna O'Brien
as Girl in Toy Store
Paul Chevreau
as Hoddy Snow
Paul Duchart
as Reverend Polk
Renu Bakshi
as Reporter
Darren Dolynski
as Ambulance Driver
Sophie Stukas
as Mary Rogers
Marci T. House
as Photographer
Ted Whittall
as Principal
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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (90)

  • It's more of a demo reel for Efron than a movie. His predominant fan base, though, won't mind a bit.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • Future historians of the financial crisis may point to this movie, not Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel, as the cultural low point of the business world.

    Oct 7, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Efron excels, proving he's leading-man material. But sign-post scoring and drill-'em-home emotional beats weigh things down. Rubbish ending, too.

    Oct 7, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • As the drama increases, so do the clumsy flashbacks and corny lines: this relies on cheap tricks to force tears, even if those tricks work.

    Oct 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I'm sure that Efron and Steers will eventually come up with their next breakthrough -- either separately or together -- but this certainly isn't it.

    Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Has its poignant moments but does not trust them, and does not explore its darker potential. It lays on the sentiment too thickly and underlines the uncanny with a heavy-handed touch.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Charlie St. Cloud

  • Jun 27, 2012
    Man, with a little reworking, Charlie St. Cloud could actually be a good movie. The fundamentals here-a young man continuing a tradition with someone only he can see and learns a life lesson-is decent enough. It's the execution and the twist at the end which is lacking. The pieces seem to fit in hindsight, but during the film, there are too many ancillary characters and side tangents which bring the entire story to a grinding halt. Why in the world are Ray Liotta and Kim Basinger in this movie? No real reason, to be honest.
    Jason V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2011
    I agree with R.T. Zac Efron does gave a great performance here but the predictability and lazy writing made this movie bad.
    August S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2011
    I'm suspecting that Zac Efron has Superman's hair, no matter what the fuck happens his hair always looks great.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2011
    Directed by Burr Steers, Universal Pictures, 2010. Starring Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Charlie Tahan and Ray Liotta. Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama Question: How many child stars grow up and prove they are actually legitimate actors? There are a handful of names that pops to mind: Jodie Foster, Shia LaBeouf, and Kurt Russell. But I might need to add one to that list now: Zac Efron. Yes, I am serious. This past weekend I watched Charlie St. Cloud - actually for the second time. I saw it last summer when it was in the theaters but I wasn't reviewing movies back then. Well, at least I wasn't writing down my reviews. I enjoyed the movie then and found it just as quaint this weekend mainly because of Zac Efron and his performance. Now I was introduced to the singing, dancing actor through a not-so-thrilling venue (well, not thrilling for moi): High School Musical. My daughter was obsessed with this movie when she was five (now nine) so I listened to that movie and the songs over and over and over again. Zac Efron was the star of that movie and my daughter thought he was sooooo cute. Hey, I had some celebrity crushes too that my mother didn't quite understand. Fast forward four years and Zac Efron is all grown up and starring in Charlie St. Cloud. The movie starts out with him and his little brother in a sailing race. We soon find out that their family doesn't have the means to really support his sailing dreams but luckily he had received a sailing scholarship to go to college. But even though he has only a summer left before college Charlie likes spending time with his little brother: teaching him the fundamentals of baseball and sharing his older brotherly advice. He and his brother are very close even though they are six years a part. Now where the story goes from here should remain a mystery if you have not seen it yet. The story takes a sudden and heartbreaking turn that had me in tears (again). There is an unbreakable bond between these two brothers, Charlie (Zac Efron) and Sam (Charlie Tahan). Charlies ends up living with certain consequences that forces him on a different path. But he remains loyal to his little brother. What surprised me most about this film was the main actor. He really had to portray some powerful emotions and he did that quite well. There are many close-up shots of the blue-eyed young adult that will have all the young girls swoon. Except my daughter: she came in during the movie. She asked if that was Zac. I nodded. She replied "He so old now" and she walked away. Guess you could say she is over that crush. Anyway, I will say it again. This is a quaint movie with a sweet tale about brotherly love that may be worth your time. I believe Zac Efron will go on to do some pretty wonderful performances in the future. My favorite thing: I have to say it: Zac Efron. My least favorite thing: They did try a little too hard to push the boundaries of a believable story. Random thought: This isn't my only review of one of Zac Efron's performances: Me and Orson Wells. Rating: PG-13 Length: 99 minutes Review: 5 out of 10
    Tired of P Super Reviewer

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