• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Rick Famuyiwa
    In Theaters:
    Jul 16, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 18, 2000
  • Paramount Pictures


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The Wood Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Choppy coming-of-age story.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2003
Tom Meek
Film Threat

It wants to be Boyz in the Hood (Boyz in the Wood) but the obscenity laced dialogue and raw objectification of woman renders it a contrite pretender more along the lines of Booty Call and Trippin.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 8, 2002
Leslie Felperin
Sight and Sound

Never delves much deeper into the three friends' psychology than a sitcom pilot would, though the cast try their best.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 2, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

A charmer, a heartfelt memoir full of the buoyant good spirits and free-wheeling fun that, say, American Pie never had.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A well-intentioned exercise in humanism... but as art or a successful narrative, the movie is ultimately empty.

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

August 26, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Heartfelt honesty and a determined refusal to resort to exploitative stereotypes help make The Wood an uncommonly uplifting experience for audiences of all races and backgrounds.

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

June 5, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Three middle-class African-American men yearn to stay forever young as they struggle with their relationships with women.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 3, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 14, 2001
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

What are you waiting on? Go see this one!

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 5/5

February 14, 2001
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Nice, but lacks the substance it needs to make us feel as good as it wants us to.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 65/100

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

By the film's final toast, one feels as if they are indeed part of The Wood.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null

Isn't particularly memorable.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Inane coming-of-age comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 1, 2000
Dustin Putman

It simply sits there, motionless, without any notable attributes to recommend, or that are even worth mentioning. It's unfortunate, but it's the truth.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Artificial, tension-free.

January 1, 2000
Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
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Even the charismatic Epps can't bail out a script that lacks tension, too often substitutes high-fives for dialogue or action and calls for farce scenes that used to get 'em rolling in the stone aisles of ancient Greece.

January 1, 2000
Robert Koehler
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This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Marla Matzer
Los Angeles Daily News

The Wood isn't all that fresh.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

January 1, 2000
Jim Judy
Screen It!

A boring and distancing affair!

Full Review Source: Screen It!

January 1, 2000
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The Wood spends too much time wallowing in arrested adolescence to make you feel you've traveled anywhere.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
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