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Charlie St. Cloud

Romance . Fantasy . Drama

Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of his mother Claire and his little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high-school classmate Tess returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own.

Actors: Julia Maxwell , Augustus Prew , Tegan Moss , Charlie Tahan , Donal Logue , Dave Franco , Chris Massoglia , Kim Basinger , Amanda Crew , Zac Efron
Directors: Burr Steers
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 2010-07-30
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  • Mick LaSalle

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

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

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

    Movieline Full Review
  • 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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    This handsomely shot melodrama has a twist too peculiar to dismiss as some two-bit Nicholas Sparks weepie.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Religious overtones, however, could make this the rare mainstream feature that connects with the faith-based entertainment market.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Charlie St. Cloud is primarily a vehicle to prove the actor can do more than dance and sing. It's more of a demo reel for Efron than a movie. His predominant fan base, though, won't mind a bit.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • 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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The movie's central gimmick isn't enough, and when more supernatural twists that don't play by the movie's own fantasy rules kick in, it lost me.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    One thing that defies debate: Zac Efron is going places as an actor of value. But he deserves better movies than Charlie St. Cloud.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    Guilt, grief and the struggle to move on are big themes, but unfortunately, director Burr Steers and his script writers aren't interested in exploring them.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    The surprises really do surprise but often because they're remarkably stupid and poorly explained.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The film is memorable mainly for attractive people sailing and smooching against an attractive backdrop. There's no urgency behind all the preening.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The surreal thing is, Zac Efron can't do despair.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

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

    NPR Full Review
  • 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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Cue those weepy violins. Indeed, you get everything you'd expect from this mostly saccharine melodrama.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Though the soundtrack comes on kind of heavy, the cinematography (by Enrique Chediak) has a beautiful clarity. Yorick's skull or not, Charlie St. Cloud is no Shakespearean drama, but the film should prove to be another solid stepping stone for Efron on his way to a long adult career.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    For now, Efron remains an unrealized dream and Charlie St. Cloud an unrealized movie, though judging from the "ooohhs" and "awwwws" from the audience, for his core tween-girl fans, that's more than enough.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Director Burr Steers milks them dry, like an overeager farmer at milking time, which is a paradox since this is the wettest picture of 2010, what with the sea spray and Efron's tear ducts and the general metaphysical mist.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Charlie St. Cloud, like its star Zac Efron, is a gorgeous, unblemished thing. Both would be much improved with a tiny flaw or two.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It has no pulse, no apparent breath.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Clumsily incorporates elements of "Ghost," "The Sixth Sense," and "Field of Dreams."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • John DeVore

    Ultimately, the reason Charlie St. Cloud loses its momentum is because a love triangle between a grieving man, a beautiful woman from his past, and a spectral shade is just too strange.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    It's more like a shelved episode of "Touched by An Angel." The sappy script is a disservice to the naturally effervescent Efron, whose character is so mopey he makes Robert Pattinson seem like a song-and-dance man.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The scenes in which Charlie plays catch with the ghost of his Red Sox-happy brother are only the most mawkish in a movie whose every element is calculated to set a 12-year-old girl's heart thumping.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • 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").

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    What "serious" means for young actors, as we know from Miley Cyrus's "The Last Song," is maudlin, and Charlie St. Cloud is no exception.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    You are not, in a movie like this, supposed to think too much; you are supposed to be transported beyond skepticism on a wave of pure, tacky feeling. Instead, in this case, you drown in sentimental, ghoulish nonsense.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A maudlin and unintentionally hilarious romantic weepie.

    New York Post Full Review
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