What not to see this weekend
It doesn't look like Charlie St. Cloud is going to be the flick that will help Zac Efron transition to grown-up movies. You can read my colleague Bruce DeMara's review here. The weeper is currently at 27 per cent fresh at Rotten Tomatoes. Here are some review quotes:
"A melodramatic and hopelessly disorganized feature-length episode of "The Ghost Whisperer" that trots out an exhausted "Sixth Sense" escape clause after painting itself into one too many narrative corners."
"The picture is a declawed mess, begging for tears in the end. I hope the filmmakers are willing to accept puzzled looks instead."
"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."
"Perhaps no haunted, grieving character in the history of cinema has had his abs lingered over as much as Efron here."
"The schmaltzy spawn of The Sixth Sense."
"This movie has all the elements of a Nicholas Sparks novel except for letters and logic."
"Maudlin, manipulative tearjerker...St. Jude, as the script helpfully explains, is the patron of hopeless cases, but even his presence can't save this picture."