The Wendell Baker Story Reviews

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Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 28, 2008
I haven't seen this many old coots getting up to no good since Cocoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Wilson bros' uneven comedy has dark undertones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
just a shaggy dog story dressed up in cowboy boots and a cool belt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
June 2, 2007
This isn't anything to write home about, but is pleasant enough. I
Full Review | Original Score: 2.2/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
May 21, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
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.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
May 19, 2007
Here's something satisfying: '70s-cinema fetishism with the courage of its convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
May 19, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
May 18, 2007
I hate to sound like a disappointed parent, but I expected more from Luke Wilson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 18, 2007
Though the first Wilson brothers' effort, Bottle Rocket, is far superior, the trio of brothers working together creates a light and enjoyable comic romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 18, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 18, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 18, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 18, 2007
A shiny shell of a movie, TWBS is pretty to look at, and occasionally fun to watch. But ultimately, it's an exercise in futility -- for the participants, who can do so much more, and the audience, which deserves so much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2007
As much as it looks like an enjoyable project to work on and a blast for all involved, the feeling you get watching The Wendell Baker Story is that you probably had to be there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
May 18, 2007
Wendell Baker doesn't particularly cotton to outsized ambitions. Check your expectations at the door, and you might enjoy yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 18, 2007
The movie undercuts whatever good graces it has generated with a feel-good ending that is just stunningly stupid. It's hard to be hip when your finale is so square.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 18, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 18, 2007
This is a faux feel-good movie, and its hipster insincerity and rote sentimentalism are a dispiriting mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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