Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Although the impressively acted ensemble piece occasionally gets tripped up by Peter Elkoff's overtly literate script, it travels in some unexpected, thoughtful directions.
  2. Ritter, who's like the young Ethan Hawke on a bender of violence, is an actor to watch.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    A film that succeeds at being good without really succeeding in being worthwhile.
  4. Probes class consciousness with rather more sensitivity than originality.
  5. What doesn't work so persuasively is Elkoff's script, particularly the overuse of voice-over.
  6. 50
    There's enough sweetness, and enough just-under-the-surface intelligence, in The Education of Charlie Banks to suggest that Durst may have a future as a filmmaker.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Too often Durst's direction is overly earnest, heavy in long takes, atmosphere wise but scene foolish.
  8. Another nicely understated performance from Jesse Eisenberg anchors this shambling drama.
  9. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Durst and Elkoff deliver a nuanced scenario of class assimilation and resentment, then flub the ending.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 3, 2011
    A good solid piece that starts with a bang but unfortunately fails to develop. The opening party scene is enjoyable but the rest of the film lacks dynamics. Durst and Eisenberg are positively unspectacular which benefits our perception of Ritter's sociopath but the director is guilty of boring his audience and ultimately nothing happens which leaves me feeling unfulfilled. 59/100 Full Review »
  2. JayH
    Jun 27, 2009
    Good story, appealing performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Eva Amurri. It does lack focus sometimes but overall the film works.
  3. KathyS.
    May 10, 2009
    This is a thoughtful, sometimes witty, sometimes tense little movie with a slight sense of foreboding that kept me on the edge of my seat. I'd like to see a lot more from Jesse Eisenberg. I loved him in this and in "Adventureland." I hope he gets a lot of roles in different movies like this. Jason Ritter was a revelation. Full Review »