Charlie St. Cloud Reviews

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October 8, 2010
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 7, 2010
Shame it's so slow and contradicts its own strained logic, ending up in the same listless limbo as The Time Traveler's Wife and The Lovely Bones.
October 7, 2010
More maudlin than subtle, more schmaltzy than emotionally true.
October 7, 2010
Another solid performance by Zac Efron is flattened by bombastic filmmaking.
October 6, 2010
An adaptation that smooths out the sharp edges of Ben Sherwood's source novel, it's a decent enough vehicle to flaunt Efron's acting chops.
October 6, 2010
The photography is pretty, but the Ghost-lite script makes even less sense than the silly title.
October 6, 2010
It's easy to appreciate what Charlie is trying to accomplish, but it does it in such a cloyingly manipulative manner that it's impossible to get on board with it.
October 6, 2010
It's rare teenage audiences get the chance to clock a metaphysical mystery when they could be watching a vampire fight a werewolf for the hand of a sourpuss.
October 6, 2010
Frequently tedious, badly written drama that fails to deliver the emotional punch it's aiming for, thanks to a painfully obvious central twist that creates more problems than it resolves.
October 3, 2010
...a sporadically watchable yet pervasively uneven teen-oriented drama that ultimately just doesn't work...
October 3, 2010
If you liked Happy Zac in High School Musical, why not try Sad Zac? All the chiselled sex appeal of the original, but now with a gloomy face on top!
September 24, 2010
All in all it's harmless entertainment for girls and perhaps inspiring too, given the love interest wants to sail single-handedly around the world, but it is very melodramatic and syrupy.
September 24, 2010
Efron continues to transition gracefully from teen heartthrob to leading man material. He proves his dramatic mettle with an emotionally nuanced performance. The kid can act.
September 23, 2010
Some of my fellow critics at a media screening guffawed during the most egregiously syrupy moments, a reaction which paying audiences might well share.
September 22, 2010
If you buy the concept you might enjoy the film, but if you're a hardened cynic you'd better avoid Charlie St. Cloud, despite the very handsome location photography, which is its greatest asset.
September 22, 2010
If only Efron's self-conscious attempts to extend his range -- whether it be drinking straight bourbon, punching a guy in the face, or spending the night with a girl -- were not always so unintentionally amusing.
September 21, 2010
The film's thickly layered garnishes of Americana -- baseball, fishing, a coastal town that looks like it was designed by Norman Rockwell -- carries shades of Frank Capra and is proficiently directed by Burr Steers.
September 20, 2010
Zac Efron continues to prove his worth as a leading man in the appropriately sappy supernatural drama Charlie St. Cloud.
September 20, 2010
In the darkened anonymity of the theatre, you'll be enjoying every sappy twist along the way.
September 17, 2010
Rather dull and a little too schmaltzy (the score makes it seem deliberately so) to really engage us, as the brotherly bond is manifested in Charlie meeting the ghost of Sam in daily (and dreary) baseball practice rituals
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