• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Lone Scherfig
    In Theaters:
    Mar 12, 2004 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 28, 2004
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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I admire some of it. I liked the performances. I thought the script was slow and I thought it had kind of a dingy slow dull over all feel to it.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 15, 2004
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

A 'slice of life' from filmmakers who, however earnest their intentions, can't offer anything but cheerless Celtic proletarian whimsy.

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

May 6, 2004
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

More plainly dreary than morosely captivating... a movie that seems rather irresolute about exactly what sort of feelings it's hypothetically meant to be conjuring up.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: D+

May 31, 2004
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Less morbid than an eccentric mixture of the mawkish and primal.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 9, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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It starts as a black comedy about suicide along the lines of Harold and Maude, then softens into a well-meant but sentimental piece about terminal illness.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 1, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself wants to be as shocking as its title, but it doesn't have the nerve.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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The acting is solid, but the tone is grating.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

April 22, 2004
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

A dreary and uninviting drama ... only for those who have been complaining that their lives have been too sunny lately.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 4, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The mixture of drizzly Scottish bleakness and Scherfig's meandering Danish moodiness is too chicly depressive -- and, for the most part, too dull -- to bear.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

March 10, 2004
James Verniere
Boston Herald

The romantic and medical twists that ensue may make you gag more readily than a stomachful of tranquilizers.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 2, 2004
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Feels schematic, contrived and less genuine.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2004
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Although at times too low-key, Wilbur is a humorous and strangely uplifting film about death and dying.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2004
Annlee Ellingson
FilmStew.com

Even the most minor character is endowed with the dignity of a back story that respects their influence on the lives of Wilbur, Harbour and Alice.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

March 30, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Pretty enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 21, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...the kind of picture one is more inclined to admire than embrace

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B

January 29, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here is a movie that appeals to the heart while not insulting the mind or forgetting how delightful its characters are.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Dabbles in darkness, but it's a quirkily appealing Danish / Scottish diversion.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 17, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's a film where the emotions are as complicated as this world.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2004
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

...solid ensemble film about love, death and family...

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 6/10

December 2, 2003
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

It's certain parts of the film that I enjoy rather than the film as a whole.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

May 27, 2004
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Felix Vasquez Jr.
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Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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January 15, 2004

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April 30, 2004

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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