Charlie Bartlett Synopsis
An awkward teen (Anton Yelchin) appoints himself his new school's psychiatrist.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Yelchin delivers one of those performances that pop eyes... It's a breakthrough role.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
With its rebellious themes and pharmaceutical props - Ritalin, Prozac, Xanax all get doled out - Charlie Bartlett isn't going to win any...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
What the movie lacks in technical polish (it's not very handsome-looking) and dramatic perfection, it makes up for in unusual social...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A refreshingly entertaining character study that refuses to dumb down its youthful cast or bury their concerns in service of a catchy...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
I would classify Charlie Bartlett as a smart teen film. It's more ambitious and overall more successful than its '80s forebears even though...
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film functions as a high-wire act that can leave you giddy with laughter.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Starts to get a bit preachy as it works its way toward a climax heavily influenced by "Rushmore," but it's still well above average for...
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Jon Poll's harmless, occasionally entertaining debut feature.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Robert Downey Jr. is an uncomfortable sight as the school's hard-drinking, overstressed principal.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

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A relentlessly earnest teen film.
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Tyler Hilton's in this movie...

By loriskaggs
...so you can't go wrong!...

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By lXMoViEmAsTeRXl
HAHA it not out yethahahahahahhahahah...

awesomeness

By consuelo8
I saw this movie at the tribeca film festival and i loved it. i have add and i cant focus when i'm hungry but this movie grabbed my attention and didn't let go till the very end i highly recommend...

This is a modern day Ferris Bueler...

By MntD
I liked this movie a lot. It made me think of my highschool/teenage years. Charlie Bartlett was inspiring....

Awful movie! (Saw pre-screening)

By baskett82
This movie couldn’t decide if it was a teenage hijinks comedy, a la "Superbad," or a touching coming-of-age film, so it tried to be both and failed miserably at each. Characters were poorly developed,...

Charlie Bartlett

By rcm3535
I nice film. It won't waste your time....

Nice Theme - Expected it to better though

By PakiHitMan Movie Goer
Well the theme was really awesome; I had been waiting for this movie for a while now and due to delays in releases I couldn't afford to go any later than opening day. Well I really enjoyed the idea...

It was a waste of time

By Act your wage
This is not Risky Business. The acting is horrible. There is no plot and I was relieved when it was over....

Charlie Bartlett

By leeloo53182
This movie was funny and cute. It was like an updated version a Ferris Bueller's day off. More of a rental than a big screen movie though....

A REALLY GOOD HIGH SCHOOL MOVIE!

By stormy waters
OKAY, let's take Ferris Buler and Juno, and put them together. You know who you get, CHARLIE BARTLETT. I'm sure if you liked Juno or Ferris Buler's Day Off, I'm sure you will like thos movie, because...

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Rated R | For language, drug content and brief nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Edgy high school comedy better for mature viewers.
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