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The Education of Charlie Banks Reviews

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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.
May 13, 2009
perceptive and gripping
| Original Score: 4/5
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
April 3, 2009
Travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions.
April 1, 2009
The cast is superb in their performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 1, 2009
A surprisingly amiable coming-of-age tale that is especially remarkable for its honesty about class.
| Original Score: 3/5
March 31, 2009
A film that succeeds at being good without really succeeding in being worthwhile.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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
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-
March 25, 2009
I fully recommend The Education of Charlie Banks to anyone looking for something truly and subtly different.
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
August 15, 2011
The story of a street kid hiding out in a preppy college never leaves familiar ground.
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-
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
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
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.
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.
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