The Wicker Man - Final Cut Reviews

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December 17, 2013
It all helps it make a little more sense on a narrative level without diminishing everything that made it a cult classic in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 31, 2013
The conclusion is chilling, disturbing and perfectly in keeping with what has taken place before.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 24, 2013
A pleasingly literate script by Anthony Shaffer ("Sleuth") toys with the conventions of missing-person stories while capturing a sense of menace lurking beneath the everyday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 4, 2013
No, it hasn't dated particularly well, and Hardy's rampant misogynistic tendencies feel even more appalling now. But it's still an unmissable one-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
September 29, 2013
The strengths are overpowering; Edward Woodward's towering performance, Anthony Shaffer's brilliantly nasty script, Paul Giovanni's weirdie folk music, and that matchlessly horrifying ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
September 27, 2013
While its influence has grown over the years, The Wicker Man still has the feel of a film apart, an island detached from the mainstream.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 27, 2013
If not quite the holy grail of horror films, than a holy terror just as well, lying lovingly in wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 26, 2013
An absolute must for all serious movie buffs.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 26, 2013
Troubling, brilliant and unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
September 26, 2013
A British horror oddity like no other, now fully authorised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 26, 2013
The film's driftier interludes, however raggedly psychedelic, remain crucial to its aura, one of hypnotically sinister good cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
September 24, 2013
It remains a how-to model for making something that fancies itself a slow-burn thriller-until it isn't slow-burning whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
Many a film has tried to replicate this wonderfully off-kilter vibe -- and a few have come close -- but none has quite pulled it off.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 23, 2013
Still a classic, now enhanced by some judicious edits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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