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The Hollywood Reporter
Yelchin delivers one of those performances that pop eyes... It's a breakthrough role.
A refreshingly entertaining character study that refuses to dumb down its youthful cast or bury their concerns in service of a catchy soundtrack.
What the movie lacks in technical polish (it's not very handsome-looking) and dramatic perfection, it makes up for in unusual social sophistication.
Philadelphia Inquirer
With its rebellious themes and pharmaceutical props - Ritalin, Prozac, Xanax all get doled out - Charlie Bartlett isn't going to win any awards from parent-teacher groups. But the underlying message of the film, with its nods to "Catcher in the Rye" and - '70s throwback here - "Harold and Maude," is a good one.
I would classify Charlie Bartlett as a smart teen film. It's more ambitious and overall more successful than its '80s forebears even though the resemblance is unmistakable.
The film functions as a high-wire act that can leave you giddy with laughter.
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 this type of film.
Jon Poll's harmless, occasionally entertaining debut feature.
Robert Downey Jr. is an uncomfortable sight as the school's hard-drinking, overstressed principal.
A relentlessly earnest teen film.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Actually, occasionally, does feel good. Now if only it had something to say.

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