The Education of Charlie Banks
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"The Education of Charlie Banks" is a coming-of-age tale that spans from the playgrounds of lower Manhattan to the idyllic greens of Vassar College. It is a story about change, inevitability and about facing one's fears.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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