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Wicker Park Reviews

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

I usually prefer a film that stays in a logical sequence but Josh Hartnett is a captivating kind of guy who holds your attention throughout the flashback sequences.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 14, 2004
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix

Matthew always seems worth caring about, thanks to the unfailingly nice and sincere vibe Hartnett gives off.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

September 11, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I am giving it thumbs up because of a very attractive cast and they do a wonderful job with what they got.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 9, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Makes your brain spin in surprising and pleasurable ways.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 9, 2004
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This is a great date movie. Handholding can get quite serious during the film's many intense scenes.

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September 8, 2004
Scott Gwin

They have translated a foreign film to an American friendly version in a way that neither diminishes nor excessively departs from the original.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2004
James Berardinelli
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This film is genuinely interested in getting us inside the heads of its three leads (Matthew, Alex, and Lisa). It wants us to understand, although not necessarily sympathize with, all three of them.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2004
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

A powerfully compelling film that gains most of its intrigue via the artifice of purposefully withholding information from the moviegoer.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 5, 2004
David Noh
Film Journal International

It seems to take a confused eternity to get started, but once director Paul McGuigan's m.o. finally becomes apparent, the thing takes on a dogged kind of interest.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 4, 2004
Dustin Putman

Not the customary disposable cinematic fare released on the always-slow Labor Day weekend, but an intriguing, original film of ideas and human feeling.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 4, 2004
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

An interesting formal exercise: exceedingly hard to swallow, but quietly engrossing...deserves style points for sticking to an unconventional narrative.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 3, 2004
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

It's a movie consisting of two radically different halves, at least in terms of tone. And while the second half doesn't entirely atone for all the liberties taken in the first, it does a better job than might be expected.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

September 3, 2004
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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This is a smart movie, full of astonishing reverses and switchbacks, and it adroitly walks the thin line between too clever by half and not clever enough by three-quarters.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 3, 2004
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