Charlie Bartlett
Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Longtime film editor Jon Poll (Meet the Fockers and Austin Powers in Goldmember) makes his directorial debut with this coming-of-age comedy about a wealthy public school system newcomer (Anton Yelchin) who wins over his skeptical classmates… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 1, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With engaging performances marked by an inconsistent tone, Charlie Bartlett is a mixed bag of clever teen angst comedy and muddled storytelling.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The movie as a whole is a sweet pill to swallow.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Writer Gustin Nash and director Jon Poll have their Ferris Bueller thing working perfectly, with a few 2008 wrinkles.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Mike Scott

There are sweet moments, and there are funny moments, but it all just becomes so eye-rollingly calculated that it's hard to appreciate.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

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.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Fernando F. Croce

'It is our duty as teenagers to piss off our parents,' Charlie says. The film succeeds only in pissing off the viewer.

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Alex roy
Charlie Bartlett was a decent coming of age comedy. However there are far better comedies out there that have addressed the subject. Director Jon Poll is no… More
Sophie Burgess
A fun but rather annoying film that doesn't really give much to the audience. More aimed at teenage girls, I'd recommend it simply down to Yelchin and… More
Jim Hunter
A young misfit who dreams of being "the popular one" holds counseling sessions and sells anti-depressants to his high school classmates. There's… More
Melvin White
Charlie Bartlett: Oh trust me doc, bringing psychiatric drugs and teenagers together is like opening a lemonade stand in the desert.  "Popularity is a… More
Conner Rainwater
Genuinely funny and also serious when need be. Most of the time this is very much a comedy and one man's domination of a school, but it also answers… More