Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 88
    Drew me in from the opening shots. Byler reveals his characters in a way that intrigues and even fascinates us, and he never reduces the situation to simple melodrama, which would release the tension. This is like a psychological thriller, in which the climax has to do with feelings, not actions.
  2. In his feature debut, writer-director Eric Byler demonstrates a refreshing trust in his material and his audience, crafting a compact, intriguing drama from understated performances and a subtle visual sensibility.
  3. 80
    The cast is top-notch and I predict there will be plenty of female audience members drooling over Michael Idemoto as Michael.
  4. Would that all love stories were as sophisticated and amusing as the satisfying Charlotte Sometimes.
  5. 80
    A tiny film that reflects a large talent.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    The deft shading he (Byler) elicits from his thesps is of a piece with his dramatics and his understated, artful approach to compositions and movement.
  7. Wonderful images, hues, sensations and faces.
  8. 75
    It's a hushed work of restrained emotions, elliptical storytelling and spare dialogue, peopled with smart, authentic characters who have drawn you into their lives before you know it.
  9. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    Sexy, surprising romance.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Thick with sexual intrigue and characters who only reveal themselves over time, this subtle mystery unfolds like something a kinder Neil LaBute might have cooked up earlier in his career.
  11. 70
    Using vagueness as a crutch, Charlotte Sometimes makes a fetish of opacity. Still, whether or not it's a pose, the film's poised reticence is refreshing in context -- a rebuke to the contemporary crop of blabbermouthed American indies.
  12. 67
    An erotic mystery of sorts, the film works because it's laconic rather than talky and its actors are all up for the material.
  13. 63
    Sometimes engaging, sometimes amusing and ultimately surprising.
  14. 60
    The screenplay becomes annoyingly vague--Byler tries to conjure heavy weather out of Charlotte's mysterious past, but the details are confusing and the ending bewilderingly abrupt.
  15. Writer-director Byler, in his first feature film, also proves to be a noteworthy new voice, even if his cinematic sense outweighs his narrative sense in this initial outing.

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