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Charlie St. Cloud Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
It's more of a demo reel for Efron than a movie. His predominant fan base, though, won't mind a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anna Smith
Time Out
October 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 30, 2010
All this sets us up for a "twist" ending, but if you don't predict it a half-hour before its revelation, you surely must have nodded off during baseball practice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 30, 2010
Where's a vampire when you need one?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 30, 2010
The movie has a machine-extruded gloss that makes it harder, not easier, to swallow its difficult emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 30, 2010
Maudlin and unintentionally hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 30, 2010
While Efron does his best to carry the film, the rest of Charlie St. Cloud feels a bit too formulaic, pretentious and cloying...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 30, 2010
If Zac Efron hadn't signed on, this sappy spiritual fantasy would certainly have skipped the cineplex altogether -- in favor of eternal rotation on cable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 30, 2010
The movie tries to capture the crushing weight of loss, but between the insipid pop tunes and the repetitive shots cutting away to a lighthouse on a scenic outcropping, it feels more like a film version of a condolence card.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
July 30, 2010
Despite all the effort, Efron and the mugging Tahan don't strike fire, and their affectionate banter gets old.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 30, 2010
Charlie St. Cloud -- from its awful title to its annoyingly perfect photography -- is a schmaltzy sniffle at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 30, 2010
Steers and his screenwriters aren't aiming for logic; they're leading up to the next opportunity for Efron to remove his shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2010
Steers takes his time and it pays off in Efron's subdued performance, earnest and yearning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 30, 2010
Charlie St. Cloud is a delicate film - not flimsy, but fragile - that holds together on the strength of Efron's physical presence and performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 30, 2010
You are not, in a movie like this, supposed to think too much; you are supposed to be transported beyond skepticism on a wave of pure, tacky feeling. Instead, in this case, you drown in sentimental, ghoulish nonsense.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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S. James Snyder
Chicago Tribune
July 30, 2010
With its assurances that everything happens for a reason and everything will be alright, a potentially haunting story becomes a philosophical one-way street.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
July 30, 2010
This could have been a sappy Hallmark story; instead it's uplifting and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2010
The good news is that Efron continues to get better with each film; he just hasn't gotten a role yet that will finally put his acting potential to the test.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 29, 2010
An over-sentimental effort that incorporates love, drama, bereavement, comedy, seagoing adventure and mystical uplift...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 29, 2010
He is noble. He is virtuous. He is often wet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 29, 2010
Te film is memorable mainly for attractive people sailing and smooching against an attractive backdrop. There's no urgency behind all the preening.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 29, 2010
The sappy script is a disservice to the naturally effervescent Efron, whose character is so mopey he makes Robert Pattinson seem like a song-and-dance man.
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MaryAnn Johanson
Film.com
July 29, 2010
I found it impossible not to fall in love with Charlie St. Cloud. Because he is genuinely compassionate, genuinely hurting, and genuinely endearing. And that's all because Efron has real soul onscreen.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
July 29, 2010
Those easily moved will sniffle as cued; anyone else is likely to remain dry-eyed.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2010
An unstable mix of youth romance, metaphysical idealism and tropes that seemingly belong in a horror film.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 29, 2010
Some bad movies should carry a leper's bell to warn off ticket buyers. Such a contagion is Charlie St. Cloud, a load of mawkish swill starring Zac Efron.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2010
The story's icky, frankly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 28, 2010
The characters and their supernatural love triangle are developed with a businesslike efficiency that makes it almost impossible to invest in them emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 28, 2010
The surreal thing is, Zac Efron can't do despair. He plays it by staring. Blankly. And by not smiling. Blankly.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 28, 2010
The movie's central gimmick isn't enough, and when more supernatural twists that don't play by the movie's own fantasy rules kick in, it lost me.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 28, 2010
Zac Efron is going places as an actor of value. But he deserves better movies than Charlie St. Cloud.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 28, 2010
Shallow homilies ultimately dominate, but there's a deeper movie trying to get out from behind the greeting card.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
July 27, 2010
This handsomely shot melodrama has a twist too peculiar to dismiss as some two-bit Nicholas Sparks weepie.