The Education of Charlie Banks Synopsis
A college student (Jesse Eisenberg) fears the worst when a violent former classmate pays a visit.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Although the impressively acted ensemble piece occasionally gets tripped up by Peter Elkoff's overtly literate script, it travels in some...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Ritter, who's like the young Ethan Hawke on a bender of violence, is an actor to watch.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Probes class consciousness with rather more sensitivity than originality.
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Film Threat

A film that succeeds at being good without really succeeding in being worthwhile.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
There's enough sweetness, and enough just-under-the-surface intelligence, in The Education of Charlie Banks to suggest that Durst may have...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
What doesn't work so persuasively is Elkoff's script, particularly the overuse of voice-over.
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Los Angeles Times

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

By Joe Neumaier
Another nicely understated performance from Jesse Eisenberg anchors this shambling drama.
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Village Voice

Durst and Elkoff deliver a nuanced scenario of class assimilation and resentment, then flub the ending.
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I got to see this at the Tribeca Film Festival a while back. And I must say, this is a very thought-provoking, creative effort from first-time director Fred Durst. Set in the backdrop of the mid-80s,...

Good movie and Jason Ritter is hot!

I went to see this with my best friend and she and I fell in love with Jason Ritter. Of course it was a good movie also. I wish it had shown a little bit more of the way Jason Ritter grew up but...


By peetga
I live in LA but I grew up a few blocks from where Charlie Banks was set in New York. I am a frequent "art house movie goer" and thought this feel good story and the up and coming cast played well...

A very good use of 90 minutes - a real film

By lme84
Charlie Banks is the underdog in all of us and Mick Leary is a combination of our dreams and nightmares. Great cast, great story, decent directing and cinematography. I saw this in SOHO on saturday...

Anything with Jesse Eisenberg is of interest to me

By s_jones3553
I met Jesse Eisenberg through a friend in NY and he told me about this movie. I have also seen the Squid and the Whale and I am a big fan. He was as much of a gentleman as he is in The Education of...

Finally a Story Every Co-Ed Can Relate To!

By livewire81
Let me start off by stating that Eva Amurri is more than charming! She's got a heavenly shape and a beautiful face. But back to the subject at hand, The Education of Charlie Banks, I enjoyed it...

Surprisingly Great

By sunkissed123
I went to NYC this weekend to visit some friends and we ended up seeing the movie on Saturday afternoon. I had heard a little buzz about it but was very surprised and impressed by what I saw. Durst...

great themes, great acting, pretty decent overall

By Alans42ford
a pleasant surprise. sin nombre was not playing at the time i thought it was so when i got to the theater i took a shot on charlie banks. when i left the theater i felt like i learned something about...

Perfect Date Movie

By MovBuff1
Bring your girl... She'll love you forever....

Great Movie!

By jman731
I just saw it in New York. Unbelievable!...

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