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The Wendell Baker Story (2005)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 25

The Wendell Baker Story is a lackadaisical comedy of quirky characters and situations, but ultimately the lazy narrative bores instead of charms.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 10

The Wendell Baker Story is a lackadaisical comedy of quirky characters and situations, but ultimately the lazy narrative bores instead of charms.



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Owen, Luke, and Andrew Wilson combine their fraternal filmmaking talents to tell the character-driven tale of a small-time con man who gets a fortuitous shot at redemption while working in a run down retirement community. Wendell Baker (Luke Wilson) is a con man whose large heart betrays his criminal mind. Confident to a fault and consistently cool-headed, Baker is the kind of grifter who's always quick with a comeback and never lets the law get in the way of making a quick buck. When Wendell is


Drama, Comedy


Luke Wilson

Oct 30, 2007


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Given Luke Wilson's affability, it's also irresistibly charming. You may not buy the film's plot, but you'll invest in him as a man whose heart is always in the right place.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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I think it's one of the worst movies of the year. I think it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

May 21, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Here's something satisfying: '70s-cinema fetishism with the courage of its convictions.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Though the first Wilson brothers' effort, Bottle Rocket, is far superior, the trio of brothers working together creates a light and enjoyable comic romp.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Wendell Baker isn't perfect. The slacker humor grows cloying at times. Still, there's an undeniable charm to the Texas tale as it celebrates nonconformity and redemption.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Though the Wilsons are no threat to the Coens as filmmakers, The Wendell Baker Story is still a pleasingly human-scaled alternative to the big, soulless Hollywood blockbusters.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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I haven't seen this many old coots getting up to no good since Cocoon.

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Wilson bros' uneven comedy has dark undertones.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

just a shaggy dog story dressed up in cowboy boots and a cool belt.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

This isn't anything to write home about, but is pleasant enough. I

June 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

There's a reason this film sat on the shelf for over two years, it's wildly uneven in spots, but there's also moments where you can see that there's a good idea and film trying to get out.

May 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

That they've assembled a first-rate cast made up of veteran character actors and contemporary comedy stars to pursue this agenda makes The Wendell Baker Story all the more effective.

May 19, 2007

I hate to sound like a disappointed parent, but I expected more from Luke Wilson.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Despite a terribly conceived coda, Luke and his brothers have mostly succeeded, thanks in large part to sharp dialogue, a solid vintage soundtrack and some great older actors from the heyday of American cinema.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Wendell Baker doesn't particularly cotton to outsized ambitions. Check your expectations at the door, and you might enjoy yourself.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Luke's script is both funny and poignant, but he and Andrew do the writing a disservice by failing to set up the onscreen delivery and stubbornly clinging to tacked-on scenarios that do nothing to further the plot.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This is a faux feel-good movie, and its hipster insincerity and rote sentimentalism are a dispiriting mix.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: MTV

Audience Reviews for The Wendell Baker Story

I was UNlucky enough to catch this pile of dreck in a small, independant theatre. Easily one of the years worst films!
September 16, 2007

Super Reviewer

Don't get all pissed off cause I am about to say" rock"!~
December 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

Luke Wilson tried-thats the best I can say-Owen had nothing to do, neither did Eva- and Will did what he could. Eddie Griffin was kind of pointless and even though it looked cheap and straight out of the 90's- I give the other wilson the benefit of the doubt in believeing he wanted it that way. There are a few good quotes worth remembering and Luke does throw himself into the character-I guess I just expected more.
December 24, 2007
Philip Price

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Thoroughly amiable effort by the Wilson clan.
November 7, 2007

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