The Wendell Baker Story Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 18, 2007
The story doesn't matter as much as the genial good-time vibe.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 18, 2007
This shambling, good-natured comedy is a Wilson family affair.
| Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
May 17, 2007
Luke Wilson makes the case that he can act just as cool and laid-back as his brother Owen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 17, 2007
An idiosyncratic and larky movie that celebrates the virtue of hospitality as a grace that lubricates relationships and facilitates community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
May 17, 2007
Silly but lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 14, 2007
If its nostalgia is a bit creaky, it's nonetheless also delivered with great heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 23, 2007
At once insouciantly laid back and beguilingly loony.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 23, 2005
If its aspirations are modest, The Wendell Baker Story does embody the dry wit and easy charm that has (along with Luke's looks) won the Wilsons so many fans.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 11, 2005
It's a light and smoothly winning tale of friendship, loyalty, love, and the fine art of (finally) becoming a grown-up. Plus (and most important) it's really very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008

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