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Wicker Park Reviews

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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The four main characters are all odd, sad and lonely. No wonder they don't call each other on their cells to straighten things out -- they're all too depressed to dial.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

March 18, 2014
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Wicker Park is one of those maddening movies in which the characters do incredibly stupid things simply for the sake of plot contrivance, and everyone's problems would be solved if they simply picked up their cell phones.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 18, 2014
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

A quite extraordinarily boring psychological drama of obsession, impersonation and mistaken identity.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

March 18, 2014
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Wicker Park then doubles back on itself, layering flashback upon flashback, but instead of building toward a grand romantic climax, it just gets sillier before exploding into a torrent of unintended laughs.

Full Review Source: AV Club

March 18, 2014
Jon Fortgang

Both bland and slightly daft.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 18, 2014

Total Film

Tortuously twisting in on itself, Wicker Park keeps you guessing as it keeps its central pair apart. But it's scuppered by a plodding obviousness that's underlined by a sledgehammer soundtrack.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2014
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times

Convoluted though this plot may seem, at least the inventive visuals from Gangster No 1 director Paul McGuigan keep you engrossed.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2014
Dan DeMaggio
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

These four characters bounce off each other, slowly revealing motivations and desires and deceptions, providing a mildly entertaining, but ultimately shallow, experience.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2014
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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Wicker Park is built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 18, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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There are some striking visuals and Hartnett is a magnetic presence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 18, 2014
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This dopey thriller isn't worth your time.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

December 29, 2010
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A convoluted structure makes this story hard work, but like the French original, it engages with its dazzling zig zag of time frames and varied perspective.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Director Paul McGuigan keeps the story racing along, but it smacks of contrived manipulation rather than credibility.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

The filmmakers cannot decide what sort of story they want to tell, and as a result, the story they tell isn't really worth the telling.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

McGuigan imbues Wicker Park with a disorienting atmosphere and visual style, using available window panes and deep focus techniques like a split-screen effect to show simultaneous actions and emotions upon which the narrative twists and turns.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 26, 2006
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Sadly, we never really get the sense that these individuals are at the mercy of their capricious desires, and the absence of that engagement leaves us rather too much time to ponder the plot holes.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Wicker Park frustrates to no end when a smidgen of common sense on anyone's behalf would clear up everything.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C

April 14, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A nice example of what happens to a Hitchcock shrine when it's filtered through a slick punk sensibility.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

February 16, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

That Wicker Park becomes as engrossing as it does is particularly shocking, given the almost interminable opening hour...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

January 15, 2005
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Feel free to take a leisurely stroll out to the lobby for Swedish fish in the middle of Wicker Park. Missing 10 minutes won't affect your ability to follow this babel in the least.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1/4

October 19, 2004
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