The Wackness Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
January 28, 2008
Trim a good twenty minutes from this overlong exercise, and you'd help the comedic pacing a whole lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
November 14, 2008
Levine's extended use of sepia-toned cinematography adds to the film's charmless look, matching the bleakness of the lives of most of the people he presents to the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 25, 2008
On the downside: There is a wackness to The Wackness, a saggy psychic undertow that drags down its lighter and smarter aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 11, 2008
The material is as facile and phony as any Meg Ryan romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
April 25, 2008
With its full-on, fully uncritical glorification of adolescent male self-indulgence and permanent immaturity, The Wackness is a kind of cinematic embodiment of certain tendencies that make the sub-AICN movie web go round.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 18, 2008
A so-so comedy with some genuinely funny scenes, punctuated with too many trying-too-hard elements.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 8, 2008
Over-hyped.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 14, 2008
It muddles through on its period infatuation and on Kingsley's dope-loving turn as a doctor constantly on the verge of another hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
July 31, 2008
Stripped of all its summer swelter and hip hip revisionism, The Wackness is really just another in a long line of quirky indie character studies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine
July 7, 2008
There's still space for future indie coming-of-age stories on the order of Brick, The Graduate and Garden State, but The Wackness isn't one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
July 24, 2008
While Levine works his film-school-grade visual quirks out (Spike Lee should call his lawyer), the story of Wackness is left in a messy bundle.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 24, 2008
Basically the same as every indie movie ever - but in 1994!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 7, 2008
After all this window dressing, it's a standard-issue coming-of-age story. It's wack, all right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 1, 2008
A mix tape of clichés.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
July 11, 2008
The kind of hollow, graceless and deeply irritating failure that pretty much single-handedly embodies everything that is wrong with contemporary American independent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
July 14, 2008
The Wackness is a moderately funny variant of the traditional coming-of-age saga. But it never creates characters likeable enough to care for.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
July 2, 2008
The nonstop '90s references (Hey, remember Zima?!) will have you groaning, even if you don't consider a Kingsley-Olsen makeout session a sign of the apocalypse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
January 29, 2008
It's superfluous overkill is less about endearing us to these characters' simplistic plights and all about how in touch the filmmakers are with an almanac.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 3, 2008
...the film belongs to Olivia Thirlby, whose entitled princess's aura shrouds both men into stupor. She's like a cross between "Goodbye, Columbus's" Brenda Patimkin and one of the "Kids" kids.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Jan Stuart
Los Angeles Times
July 3, 2008
Wackness is ultimately less evocative of pre-Sept. 11 Manhattan than it is of post-Sept. 11 Park City, Utah, where the film had its Sundance debut, and where festival audiences never tire of rebel-male angst and bluesy, guitar-inflected scoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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