Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 11 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 14, 2013
    60
    We could have lived without another ’90s-influenced exercise in gritty wonderment. But thanks to a perfectly-matched lead, Shia LaBeouf, the movie makes enough impact to justify its existence.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 14, 2013
    10
    This catastrophe of a movie zigzags drunkenly between action-adventure and surreal comedy with some magical realism slopped over it like ketchup.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 15, 2013
    63
    Wood, for her part, can appear sad, or seductive, or mysterious, or happy, or lovestruck, or deeply troubled. Gabi is also very good with a gun, so look out.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 14, 2013
    30
    Charlie Countryman feels like the cinematic equivalent of a dodgy first novel, the kind authors write when they’re young and full of romance, hubris, and pretension—then look back on later in life with something approaching mortification.
  5. 63
    The bad guys really stand out, with Mikkelsen pulling off something he never managed as a Bond villain. He’s genuinely frightening.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 12, 2013
    0
    The result is the most idiotic excess of sex and bloodshed since "Only God Forgives."
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 14, 2013
    20
    Pulpy dross of surpassing dumbness, Charlie Countryman takes the blender approach to mixing dark adventure, doofus comedy and pie-eyed romance, but forgets to put the lid on when pulsed.
  8. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Nov 13, 2013
    42
    In a film this hapless, it’s hardly a surprise that no one can keep Bucharest and Budapest straight.
  9. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Nov 12, 2013
    30
    LaBeouf and Wood don't clang, but they don't quite click, either. That's not enough for the film to persuade us of its message, that love is worth any sacrifice.
  10. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Nov 18, 2013
    50
    However you cut it, with all that talent, Charlie Countryman feels like a sad, wasted opportunity.
  11. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 11, 2013
    10
    Fredrik Bond’s direction and Matt Drake’s screenplay deliver a charisma-free trip into a world of gratuitous violence, contrivances and tedium.
  12. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 11, 2013
    0
    A pastiche of bad film cliches and scenes devoid of any real conflict or character development.
  13. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Oct 11, 2013
    33
    Charlie Countryman opens up with an interesting first section, but only backslides deeper and deeper in its overwrought and incoherent second and third acts.
  14. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Feb 10, 2014
    60
    A caper thriller that's sufficiently zippy to hold the attention. LaBeouf's current notoriety adds extra piquancy to those urban fight scenes.
  15. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Oct 11, 2013
    70
    Fredrik Bond makes a promising feature debut with this fanciful crime-drama romance that gratifyingly eschews strict genre classification.
  16. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Nov 14, 2013
    38
    A dull collection of unlikable, paper-thin characters, all of them stuck in a story that has nowhere interesting to go.
  17. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Feb 10, 2014
    40
    Mostly, this is empty, ugly and pretentious.
  18. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Nov 12, 2013
    38
    An egregious entry into the pantheon of films about white Americans traveling to exotic lands in search of identity and soul-searching adventure.
  19. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Nov 15, 2013
    25
    Every now and then, one comes across an indie film that's so showily awful, so drenched in bathos and cliché, and yet features such a uniformly sharp cast that you have to wonder: "What is it with actors?" Or, if one already knows what it is with actors, "Did this material actually look good on paper?" The heavy-sigh-inducing Charlie Countryman is just such a motion picture.
  20. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Nov 12, 2013
    40
    It’s an engrossing, overstuffed disaster—sometimes captivating, sometimes too ingeniously terrible to turn away from; it’s like watching a car wreck in slow motion, if both cars were stuffed with confetti.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    Charlie Countryman is just a fantastic movie.
    The cast are great with Shia Labeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsenm playing spectacular
    Charlie Countryman is just a fantastic movie.
    The cast are great with Shia Labeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsenm playing spectacular roles as the main characters. They fill the roles with so much passion and emotion, this is what really helps to connect to a movie of this sort.
    I must also say that the music fitted in perfectly well with the screenplay and it also brought in such an amazing feeling and connectivity as I watched.
    There just a real depth and richness about this movie that so many movies fail to capture these days.
    All things into account, Charlie Countryman 10/10
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  2. Nov 15, 2013
    10
    I honestly don't see where all the negativity is coming from. It is one of the best movies i have ever watched, great music, great photographyI honestly don't see where all the negativity is coming from. It is one of the best movies i have ever watched, great music, great photography and great actors.
    Its a easy 10/10
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  3. Dec 1, 2013
    3
    The movie is nearly a failure. The movie seemed like a wasted opportunity to make something interesting but instead falls into a boringThe movie is nearly a failure. The movie seemed like a wasted opportunity to make something interesting but instead falls into a boring bloodshed of characters I couldn't care less about. As for the story, there is none. Full Review »