The Education of Charlie Banks
The Education of Charlie Banks (2009)

"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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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unevenness and earnestness mire this otherwise sweet, surprising coming of age drama.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

One of those voice-over memory stories about a college student coming to terms with the bully who haunted his childhood.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

There are some things to like about The Education of Charlie Banks, but also plenty that detracts from what could be an interesting story.

Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Though painted with broad strokes and marred by dialogue howlers during key moments, Education tracks Charlie's emerging sense of identity and perspective.

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Greg Quill
Toronto Star

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.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

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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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

The story of a street kid hiding out in a preppy college never leaves familiar ground.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Too often Durst's direction is overly earnest, heavy in long takes, atmosphere wise but scene foolish.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Eva Amurri, Sam Daly, Alex Guarino, Jason Ritter, Charles Parnell, Chris Marquette, Gabby Sherba, Sebastian Stan Director: Fred Durst… More
Alice Shen
I wasn't enamored by this film, not even terribly impressed by Jesse Eisenberg. It's all very predictable. What do you expect when a volatile… More
Richard C
This suprised me by how good it was. This is a slow paced movie that some will find boring but i really liked it. A great movie. Grade: B+
Leigh Ryan
Very intense. You can feel this tension between the two leads that cuts into your bones. Nicely done performances.
Cynthia S.
Here is yet another one of those really good movies that most people have never heard of, including me. I have to say that I think alot of Independent films are… More
Nani Vang
I was excited to watch this then I was a bit disappointed. It's about a young man name Charlie Banks (Jesse Eisenberg), who witnesses a fight while he was… More