Mr. Woodcock Reviews

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Drew Toal
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 18, 2007
A dreary and depressing alleged comedy that takes a talented cast and a promising germ of an idea, and kills it dead.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 15, 2007
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 14, 2007
This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
September 14, 2007
Between Mr. Thornton's wry performance and Tami Reiker's nuanced wide-screen photography, you half-expect Woodcock to deliver more than formulaic laughs.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 14, 2007
This movie makes a much better case study for aspiring entertainment executives than it does a cinematic experience. What it most emphatically is not is a date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 14, 2007
While two novice screenwriters are officially credited with the script, the movie lurches around like something assembled by committee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2007
This film apparently sat around for a few years before being released. It's unlikely to make waves now, but Thornton and Scott do set off a few entertaining ripples.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 14, 2007
Mr. Woodcock. Funny, right? Mr. Woodcock, Mr. Woodcock, Mr. Woodcock. Gets funnier every time, doesn't it?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Steven Boone
Newark Star-Ledger
September 14, 2007
Mr. Woodcock is often as juvenile and predictable as its title suggests. Yet, this dark comedy about a self-help author plotting revenge on his sadistic former gym coach gets honest laughs because of performances that ring universally true.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 14, 2007
Thornton's straight-faced growl is consistently funny throughout this mild but effective comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 14, 2007
You can guess how it all ends, but getting there is a repetitious parade of put-downs and smackdowns that suggest you can't go home again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 14, 2007
So misguided that even Sarandon blends into the background, having practically nothing to do except stand around and wring her hands as the two men in her life battle it out in a passive-aggressive war.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2007
Child abuse: har-dee-har-har.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 14, 2007
Sharp performances enliven this formulaic comedy.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 14, 2007
Thornton and Sarandon should have their Oscars repossessed, or at least temporarily revoked, for appearing in this insipid comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 14, 2007
Poehler, perversely, is so hilarious and has such terrific dialogue that she seems to have been flown in from another, funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 14, 2007
To laugh at parts of this film would indicate one has a streak of Woodcockism in oneself. But to gaze in stupefied fascination is perfectly understandable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
September 14, 2007
Under Craig Gillespie's uninspired direction, the humor eventually settles into stale, familiar pratfalls.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
September 14, 2007
The finished product feels like the unloved child of a bad marriage where the only thing anyone remembers is the sharp edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2007
Thornton never cracks a smile... His gloom is infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 13, 2007
For Woodcock to deliver, the leads needed to amp things up, to bring their A-game, or at least match the effort they've thrown at previous versions of these characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 13, 2007
Director Craig Gillespie clearly knows a few things; most important: If you have only 95 minutes of material, make an only 95-minute movie. Amazing how often that's forgotten.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
September 13, 2007
[A] marginally promising -- but ultimately unfunny -- comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Marc Bernardin
Entertainment Weekly
September 13, 2007
In this post-Apatow-the-arrested-development-genius world, it can't compete. The only thing worth watching is Sarandon, popping in from a classier reality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 13, 2007
Director Craig Gillespie keeps things moving along at a brisk clip, without doing anything particularly distracting or stylistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 13, 2007
There's more genuine humor to be gleaned from saying 'Woodcock' over and over again than from watching Mr. Woodcock.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 12, 2007
Woodcock's a strictly flaccid family affair.