Charlie St. Cloud 2010

Charlie St. Cloud

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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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Adored by his single mother and his little brother Sam, Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is an accomplished sailor and college-bound senior with a bright future ahead of him. When Sam dies in a terrible accident, Charlie's dreams die with him. But, so strong is the brothers' bond that, in the hour before each sunset, Charlie and Sam meet to play catch. The return of a former classmate (Amanda Crew) leads Charlie to a difficult choice: remain stuck in the past, or let love lead him to the future.

Cast & Crew

Zac Efron
Charlie St. Cloud
Amanda Crew
Tess Carroll
Donal Logue
Tink Weatherbee
Charlie Tahan
Sam St. Cloud
Ray Liotta
Florio Ferrente
Kim Basinger
Claire St. Cloud
Augustus Prew
Alistair Woolley
Craig Pearce
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Lewis Colick
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Michael Fottrell
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Ben Sherwood
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Ryan Kavanaugh
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Jared LeBoff
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Adam Siegel
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Enrique Chediak
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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (90)

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

    January 31, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • There's not much on this movie's mind but photogenic healing, and making all the girls go ga-ga at the sight of Efron mewling with grief.

    October 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • While the subject matter tends towards morbidity, the film-makers strive to divert us with many dappling sunsets, the blue of Ephron's eyes and a sappy melodrama that even 13-year-old girls might scoff at.

    October 8, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 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.

    October 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.

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

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  • 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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