75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A delicate film - not flimsy, but fragile - that holds together on the strength of Efron's physical presence and performance.
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
The vehicle may get a little jacked up along the way, but its passenger arrives in style: The kid's a star.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The byplay between Efron and newcomer Tahan as his brother has a warmth and intimacy that establish the film's tone. The performances carry the film.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie tries to capture the crushing weight of loss, but between the insipid pop tunes and the repetitive shots cutting away to a lighthouse on a scenic outcropping, it feels more like a film version of a condolence card.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The surreal thing is, Zac Efron can't do despair.
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40

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
This ode to "moving on" from grief packs so little genuine emotion that it will touch only the most susceptible of viewers.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though it was directed by Burr Steers, Charlie St. Cloud feels more like a misguided collaboration among Nicholas Sparks, M. Night Shyamalan and Billy Graham.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It has no pulse, no apparent breath.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film doesn't just fail, it actually gets sillier by the minute.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Some bad movies should carry a leper's bell to warn off ticket buyers. Such a contagion is Charlie St. Cloud, a load of mawkish swill starring Zac Efron (bereft of the talent he showed in "Me and Orson Welles").
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37 out of 100
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