The Wood Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 10, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Isn't particularly memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 26, 2002
A well-intentioned exercise in humanism... but as art or a successful narrative, the movie is ultimately empty.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 1, 2000
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.
Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
A boring and distancing affair!
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Nice, but lacks the substance it needs to make us feel as good as it wants us to.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Inane coming-of-age comedy.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
When will Epps, who was in The Mod Squad, get a picture worthy of his obvious talent?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rod Armstrong
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
It is unremarkable in every way, save one -- the cast is African-American.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Barbara Shulgasser
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Awkward performances, unsure directing flaw The Wood.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Wood spends too much time wallowing in arrested adolescence to make you feel you've traveled anywhere.
Marla Matzer
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
The Wood isn't all that fresh.
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
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.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Artificial, tension-free.
Leslie Felperin
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Never delves much deeper into the three friends' psychology than a sitcom pilot would, though the cast try their best.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Choppy coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
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Gary Dauphin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
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Philadelphia City Paper
May 3, 2012

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February 14, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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July 21, 2005
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January 26, 2006

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June 18, 2012
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