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The Education of Charlie Banks Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
October 20, 2014
Though painted with broad strokes and marred by dialogue howlers during key moments, Education tracks Charlie's emerging sense of identity and perspective.
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
The story of a street kid hiding out in a preppy college never leaves familiar ground.
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
June 15, 2009
Would've made a swell student film for Durst, a safe haven for the rocker to work out his film school inclinations. As a feature-length requiem for the disturbed soul, this picture is woefully ineffective.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
May 13, 2009
perceptive and gripping
| Original Score: 4/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 17, 2009
It's just a shame the story wasn't handled as a simple memoir, rather than some sort of cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 17, 2009
One of those voice-over memory stories about a college student coming to terms with the bully who haunted his childhood.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
April 17, 2009
An earnest, if romanticized, examination of the American class system in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the eternally confounding politics of acceptance and exclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2009
Travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions.
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
April 1, 2009
The cast is superb in their performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
April 1, 2009
A surprisingly amiable coming-of-age tale that is especially remarkable for its honesty about class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Mendelson
Film Threat
March 31, 2009
A film that succeeds at being good without really succeeding in being worthwhile.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
There are some things to like about The Education of Charlie Banks, but also plenty that detracts from what could be an interesting story.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
You take one scene that doesn't quite get there followed by another scene that doesn't quite get there, all of a sudden you've got a movie that doesn't quite get there.
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
March 29, 2009
Unnerving and uneven college drama is well-acted but doesn't seem to know what it's trying to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 2009
Too often Durst's direction is overly earnest, heavy in long takes, atmosphere wise but scene foolish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 27, 2009
The Education of Charlie Banks wants to be The Great Gatsby of college movies. It falls a tad short.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 27, 2009
Thanks to sincere performances (most notably from Mr. Ritter and Eva Amurri as Charlie's upper-crust crush) and clever writing (by Peter Elkoff), the movie never becomes maudlin.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
Movies.com
March 27, 2009
You will spend this film's entire 100+ minutes waiting for the inevitable moment of reckoning between Charlie and the young thug he fears the most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 26, 2009
The film's potential cynicism is suffocated with a TV movie flatness, occasionally--and egregiously--spackled with sentimental music that makes it sag when it should slice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 26, 2009
There's enough sweetness, and enough just-under-the-surface intelligence, in "The Education of Charlie Banks" to suggest that Durst may have a future as a filmmaker.
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