It's more of a demo reel for Efron than a movie. His predominant fan base, though, won't mind a bit.
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
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.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
Where's a vampire when you need one?
-Tom LongFull Review
The movie has a machine-extruded gloss that makes it harder, not easier, to swallow its difficult emotions.
-Michael O'SullivanFull Review
Maudlin and unintentionally hilarious.
-Lou LumenickFull Review
While Efron does his best to carry the film, the rest of Charlie St. Cloud feels a bit too formulaic, pretentious and cloying...
-Bruce DemaraFull Review
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.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review
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.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Despite all the effort, Efron and the mugging Tahan don't strike fire, and their affectionate banter gets old.
-Kathleen MurphyFull Review
Charlie St. Cloud -- from its awful title to its annoyingly perfect photography -- is a schmaltzy sniffle at best.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Steers and his screenwriters aren't aiming for logic; they're leading up to the next opportunity for Efron to remove his shirt.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
Steers takes his time and it pays off in Efron's subdued performance, earnest and yearning.
-Carrie RickeyFull Review
Charlie St. Cloud is a delicate film - not flimsy, but fragile - that holds together on the strength of Efron's physical presence and performance.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
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.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
With its assurances that everything happens for a reason and everything will be alright, a potentially haunting story becomes a philosophical one-way street.
-S. James SnyderFull Review
This could have been a sappy Hallmark story; instead it's uplifting and thoughtful.
-Eric D. SniderFull Review
The good news is that Efron continues to get better with each film; he just hasn't gotten a role yet that will finally put his acting potential to the test.
-Betsy SharkeyFull Review
An over-sentimental effort that incorporates love, drama, bereavement, comedy, seagoing adventure and mystical uplift...
-Colin CovertFull Review
He is noble. He is virtuous. He is often wet.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
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.
-MaryAnn JohansonFull Review
Those easily moved will sniffle as cued; anyone else is likely to remain dry-eyed.
-Dennis HarveyFull Review
An unstable mix of youth romance, metaphysical idealism and tropes that seemingly belong in a horror film.
-Kirk HoneycuttFull Review
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.
-Peter TraversFull Review
The story's icky, frankly.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
The characters and their supernatural love triangle are developed with a businesslike efficiency that makes it almost impossible to invest in them emotionally.
-Kerry LengelFull Review
The surreal thing is, Zac Efron can't do despair. He plays it by staring. Blankly. And by not smiling. Blankly.
-Owen GleibermanFull Review
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.
-Roger MooreFull Review
Zac Efron is going places as an actor of value. But he deserves better movies than Charlie St. Cloud.
-Rex ReedFull Review