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The Education of Charlie Banks Reviews

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August 15, 2011
The story of a street kid hiding out in a preppy college never leaves familiar ground.
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
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.
March 26, 2009
Another nicely understated performance from Jesse Eisenberg anchors this shambling drama, the latest film from Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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-
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
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
March 24, 2009
If it's a failure, at least it's a laudable one instead of cynically by-the-numbers.
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
March 25, 2009
If The Education of Charlie Banks were a better movie, it would be a star-making vehicle for Jason Ritter.
March 25, 2009
For a man prone to unleashed inhibitions, [director] Durst's creative approach feels all bottled up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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
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
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
March 27, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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.
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
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