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The Wood Reviews

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Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A charmer, a heartfelt memoir full of the buoyant good spirits and free-wheeling fun that, say, American Pie never had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Three middle-class African-American men yearn to stay forever young as they struggle with their relationships with women.
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
What are you waiting on? Go see this one!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
By the film's final toast, one feels as if they are indeed part of The Wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Winning performances save it from fading into treacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A savvy, good-natured comedy!
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Wood is a solid debut for director Famuyiwa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The growing-up stuff is kind of wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A fair and admirable comedy we haven't quite seen before.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
There's a lot of good interplay between the leads, and the flashback scenes successfully evoke the '80s.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Famuyiwa has kicked up fertile new storytelling territory for black filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
this film's spirit and charm overwhelmingly eclipse technical pops and sputters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Morgan Fouch
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
A respectable debut.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
A gentle, honest and amusing coming-of-age story!

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

culturevulture.net
February 14, 2001
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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