The Education of Charlie Banks - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Education of Charlie Banks Reviews

Page 1 of 2
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.
Chris Cabin
May 13, 2009
perceptive and gripping
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
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
Top Critic
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
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.
Kam Williams
March 26, 2009
If you're at all intrigued by the idea of exploring angst and anomie among the entitled upper crust, then this Ivy League variation on Fight Club just might satiate that effete brand of bloodlust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Geoff Berkshire
March 26, 2009
If Banks had actually opened pre-Longshots it would have signaled a surprisingly smart start for Durst's filmmaking career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2009
Ritter, who's like the young Ethan Hawke on a bender of violence, is an actor to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 25, 2009
I fully recommend The Education of Charlie Banks to anyone looking for something truly and subtly different.
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
a very solid first effort from Durst who, whether you like it or not, may just have a future in the director's chair.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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-
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
Top Critic
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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.
Page 1 of 2