Charlie Bartlett
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie as a whole is a sweet pill to swallow."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Those waiting for the arrival of the next Juno may want to skip Charlie Bartlett, a relentlessly earnest teen film about a 17-year-old misfit who's been tossed out of one prep school after another for bad behavior."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll have their Ferris Bueller thing working perfectly, with a few 2008 wrinkles."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The promising themes peter out as the film loses direction, though, and Bartlett is neither sympathetic enough to root for nor dumb enough to laugh at."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"Charlie Bartlett is a poor man's Rushmore. There is a great film waiting to be made about psychiatry, anti-depressants and our youth, but this isn't it."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Charlie Bartlett is a refreshingly entertaining character study that refuses to dumb down its youthful cast or bury their concerns in service of a catchy soundtrack."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Imagine an R-rated Ferris Bueller with only the most annoying parts of the younger Matthew Broderick's screen persona emphasized and you'll draw a bead on Bartlett."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"There are sweet moments, and there are funny moments, but it all just becomes so eye-rollingly calculated that it's hard to appreciate."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Lightweight fare, but a pleasant outing."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Mostly this was a quirky, smart, inspiring, and surprisingly enjoyable High School movie."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"The characters remain halfway between genuine comic creations and realistic individuals, and the whole narrative feels artificial, stuck in the tension between being a morality play and a freewheeling comedy."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"Watching Charlie Bartlett only makes Wes Anderson's work seem more accomplished by comparison, because it underscores that thin line separating the agreeably fanciful from the overbearingly precious."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"'It is our duty as teenagers to piss off our parents,' Charlie says. The film succeeds only in pissing off the viewer."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Charlie Bartlett plays it too safe."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Robert Downey Jr. playing an alcoholic principal lecturing on the dangers of drugs is one of those wonderfully ironic, Twilight Zone moments that only Hollywood can provide."
‑ Tim Basham, Paste Magazine
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