The Education of Charlie Banks
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A young man is faced with a dilemma when a threatening figure from his past returns in this drama, the directorial debut from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Charlie Banks (Jesse Eisenberg) and his best friend, Danny (Chris Marquette), grew up in a rough section of New York, where they both knew Mick (Jason Ritter), a kid whose was much admired for his cool and equally feared for his talent for violence. When Mick got into a fight that left two teens nearly dead, Charlie was a witness, and when he was approached by the police, Charlie told them what he saw, though he later refused to testify… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"One of those voice-over memory stories about a college student coming to terms with the bully who haunted his childhood."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"There are some things to like about The Education of Charlie Banks, but also plenty that detracts from what could be an interesting story."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"The story of a street kid hiding out in a preppy college never leaves familiar ground."
‑ Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International
"It's just a shame the story wasn't handled as a simple memoir, rather than some sort of cautionary tale."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A film that succeeds at being good without really succeeding in being worthwhile."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The cast is superb in their performances."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Unnerving and uneven college drama is well-acted but doesn't seem to know what it's trying to say."
‑ Pete Hammond,
"Travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Too often Durst's direction is overly earnest, heavy in long takes, atmosphere wise but scene foolish."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"perceptive and gripping"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"A surprisingly amiable coming-of-age tale that is especially remarkable for its honesty about class."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"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."
‑ Dave White,
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