'Charlie St. Cloud' Critic Reviews

59%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
28%
Rotten Tomatoes:   127 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    The surreal thing is, Zac Efron can't do despair. He plays it by staring. Blankly. And by not smiling. Blankly.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Future historians of the financial crisis may point to this movie, not Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel, as the cultural low point of the business world.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The movie has a machine-extruded gloss that makes it harder, not easier, to swallow its difficult emotions.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    He is noble. He is virtuous. He is often wet.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Aaron Hillis Village Voice (Top Critic)
    This handsomely shot melodrama has a twist too peculiar to dismiss as some two-bit Nicholas Sparks weepie.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    If Zac Efron hadn't signed on, this sappy spiritual fantasy would certainly have skipped the cineplex altogether -- in favor of eternal rotation on cable.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    30
    Despite all the effort, Efron and the mugging Tahan don't strike fire, and their affectionate banter gets old.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • S. James Snyder Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    40
    With its assurances that everything happens for a reason and everything will be alright, a potentially haunting story becomes a philosophical one-way street.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The story's icky, frankly.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Steers takes his time and it pays off in Efron's subdued performance, earnest and yearning.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    An over-sentimental effort that incorporates love, drama, bereavement, comedy, seagoing adventure and mystical uplift...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    Where's a vampire when you need one?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    The characters and their supernatural love triangle are developed with a businesslike efficiency that makes it almost impossible to invest in them emotionally.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    Zac Efron is going places as an actor of value. But he deserves better movies than Charlie St. Cloud.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Those easily moved will sniffle as cued; anyone else is likely to remain dry-eyed.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Maudlin and unintentionally hilarious.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    While Efron does his best to carry the film, the rest of Charlie St. Cloud feels a bit too formulaic, pretentious and cloying...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    This could have been a sappy Hallmark story; instead it's uplifting and thoughtful.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Film.com (Top Critic)
    I found it impossible not to fall in love with Charlie St. Cloud. Because he is genuinely compassionate, genuinely hurting, and genuinely endearing. And that's all because Efron has real soul onscreen.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    All this sets us up for a "twist" ending, but if you don't predict it a half-hour before its revelation, you surely must have nodded off during baseball practice.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    Steers and his screenwriters aren't aiming for logic; they're leading up to the next opportunity for Efron to remove his shirt.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An unstable mix of youth romance, metaphysical idealism and tropes that seemingly belong in a horror film.
    Full Review » 4 years ago