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The Education of Charlie Banks Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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
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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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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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-
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
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
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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.
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
March 24, 2009
If it's a failure, at least it's a laudable one instead of cynically by-the-numbers.