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Wristcutters - A Love Story (2007)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 30

Wristcutters: A Love Story sounds like a normal enough indie flick. Boy meets girl. Boy gets separated from girl. Boy goes on a road trip with friends to find girl and gains a new perspective on life. Except everybody's dead.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 8

Wristcutters: A Love Story sounds like a normal enough indie flick. Boy meets girl. Boy gets separated from girl. Boy goes on a road trip with friends to find girl and gains a new perspective on life. Except everybody's dead.



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Relegated to a forlorn afterlife of unsmiling lost souls and melancholy drifters as a result of committing suicide in the mortal realm, a heartbroken young man sets out to find the girl who inspired his final act of self-destruction after learning that she too has taken her own life in director Goran Dukic's adaptation of Etgar Keret's darkly comic novella Kneller's Happy Campers. A likeable young man despite his depressive disposition, Zia (Patrick Fugit) puts blade to wrist only to find that


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Goran Dukic

Mar 25, 2008


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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (30) | DVD (7)

Opportunities to comment on the ethical grey areas of suicide are mostly squandered and, as the pointless digressions begin to pile up, your mind begins to drift from the action on screen.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Wristcutters is a small film of ambitions nicely scaled to the performances and story. Who knew that affectless characters could be so oddly affecting?

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's such an original piece of work and I love the deliberately bleak cinematography.

November 6, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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All this sounds rather grim, and indeed it is -- but this backward Heaven Can Wait is also, thanks to [director] Dukic's inventive imagination, surprisingly involving and ultimately sweet.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Wristcutters is a cut above most low-budget American indies, with something original to say about the human condition and an artful way of saying it.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The future of Wristcutters as a cult favorite is less assured. Rather than benefiting from repeated viewings, the movie's charm is pretty much spent after the first half hour.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Comment (1)
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This road movie romcom won?t leave you reaching for the razor blades.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Having some laughs over suicide.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wristcutters: A Love Story is like a suicidal Wizard of Oz.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Bronsonfive

It's certainly melancholic, occasionally funny, and ultimately life-affirming. But overall, it feels as if writer-director Goran Dukic dropped a rather promising ball.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

It misses the opportunity to examine why a community of people - each of whom has already given up on life - would band together to form a new society of desperate misfits.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

It is a staggeringly awful road movie, not much enlivened by the presence of Tom Waits as a wizened participant.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The purgatorial premise is pleasingly eccentric but, in the end, Wristcutters falls victim to its washed-out mood, and limps bloodlessly to a close.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

A dreary, self-consciously quirky indie flick that seems to go on forever, despite an economical running time.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Veering from witty to occasionally trite, Wristcutters: A Love Story has plenty of originality on its side, but never manages to be more than the sum of its self-consciously quirky parts.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

A little self-consciously kooky but with an ace soundtrack that combines gypsy punksters Gogol Bordello with real-life plug-pullers this sure beats putting your head in the oven.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Dark subject matter, but Goran Dukic's film is whimsical and determinedly optimistic about life.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

For the better part of the journey this a bizarrely uplifting yarn - razor sharp, you might say.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Enjoyably quirky black comedy that's clearly destined to become a cult movie amongst the Gothic contingent.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Despite being occasionally hilarious, director Goran Dukic should have toned down the wackiness.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Another indie director more interested in style than substance.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

it is, like the limbo it portrays, a peculiar hybrid of recognisable, second-hand elements that somehow add up to something entirely sui generis - an idiosyncratic piece of magical realism whose characters are literally on the road to nowhere.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source:

If you're going to make a comedy about suicide, you'd better make sure the jokes land. There are people out there who could use a laugh.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Writer-director Goran Dukic, adapting an Etgar Keret novel, may be too successful in establishing suicideland as a fate worse than death. It really is an empty, dreadful place.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It has 'midnight movie' written all over it.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Wristcutters - A Love Story

Nazdrovyeh! A triumphant love story to limbo and back again. The world to where suicides are relegated is almost Sartre-esque: mundane activities and conversations, day in, day out. "Hell is other people." However, people can still make friends here, and there are miraculous oases to be found. The bond between Zia and Eugene is rather sweet and bro-tastic.

There is no way Patrick Fugit can look not adorable. Raven-haired Shannyn Sossamon is probably the only woman in the world who can make chewing gum with her mouth open look so good. I also dig how the filmmakers cast Sossamon and Leslie Bibb as the present and past love interests because they look so much alike with their angular jaws and thin lips.
January 1, 2012

Super Reviewer

"You don't know what you have until you lose it."

A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.

Croatian director Goran Dukic brilliantly writes and directs 'Wristcutters: A Love Story'. Based on Etgar Keret's short story, Dukic derives an original idea about life after suicide. Though many fear that the love story runs the risk of glamourizing suicide, I feel this is an unfair misinterpretation. If anything, it is the contrary which is clearly implied in the end. Dukic successfully shows that suicide is never a solution to anything. Using subtlety as a tool, he creates a specific atmosphere for the land of the dead. The washed out colour, miserable setting and unhappy characters stress on the isolation and misery of the characters. At the same time the dry humour provides some very welcoming comic relief. The music is also carefully selected. Most of the songs were sung by bands who were associated with suicide. The cinematography too works on a subtle level, using different angles, range and perspective. Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossaman do a fine job but I enjoyed Shea Whigham's Eugene the most. He's funny and at the same time one can sense his despair and sadness. Mikal Lazarev too does a wonderful job and in her non-speaking part, Tom Waits is impressive. Familiar faces like Leslie Bibb and Will Arnett also make appearances. Overall Dukic has created an original film, one that is poignant and wonderful and sensibly tackles a relevant issue.
November 5, 2011
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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A quirky and original love story about second chances surviving in the land of the suicidal. Oddly enough this dark comedy is quite cheerful.
April 19, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Mikal: Are you joking? Do you guys like it here? Who the hell likes being stuck in a place where you can't even smile? It's hot as balls, everybody's an asshole. I just wanna go home.
    – Submitted by Justin C (21 months ago)
    1. Zia: I think she cried at my funeral, I don't mean to brag about it or anything, but I'm pretty sure she did. Sometimes I can picture her talking to some guy she feels really close to, about how they lowered me into the grave all pathetic and shriveled up like a melted chocolate bar, and how we never actually got a chance. Then the guy fucks her real nice, fuck it's all about making her feel better.
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Zia: They went to the North Pole or whatever the place Nanuk is from is called. He wanted to meet her family and get into that throat singing, saw playing, weird instruments, and all that stuff. It's good that he's back into music, I think. And me? I think I finally understand what Kneller was trying to say.It only happens if it doesn't matter. It comes without effort. Maybe Eugene's right. Maybe I only get stuck on girls I don't have a chance of being with. I am glad for Mikal, though. I hope she got her visa all straightened out. I mean, she did say she'd be right back. Then again, Eugene's old wisdom is when a girl says that, she never does actually come back.
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Zia: You remember the other day when you were talking about missing things from life and how you wanted to go back and I told you I didn't miss anything?
    2. Mikal: Yeah.
    3. Zia: Well... When I'm here, with you, I kind of miss myself, the way I used to be.
    4. Mikal: What were you like?
    5. Zia: I was happy at a time, obviously before I came here, but...
    6. Mikal: Yeah.
    7. Zia: Something about being here with you reminds me of that, it's just, I don't know, it's just weird to me that you can feel that in a place like this. We're all... We're all dead.
    8. Mikal: You know what? Most of the people that I knew before I got here were either half dead or just completely dead already...
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Eugene: I'm not sitting in the back.
    2. Zia: Why not?
    3. Eugene: 'Cause everybody knows guy in the back seat doesn't have a cock.
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Zia: Being here with you reminds me of what I was like before my suicide.
    2. Mikal: What were you like?
    3. Zia: I was happy.
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
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