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The Wendell Baker Story Reviews

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 8, 2007
Given Luke Wilson's affability, it's also irresistibly charming. You may not buy the film's plot, but you'll invest in him as a man whose heart is always in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
I think it's one of the worst movies of the year. I think it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
May 19, 2007
Here's something satisfying: '70s-cinema fetishism with the courage of its convictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 18, 2007
Though the first Wilson brothers' effort, Bottle Rocket, is far superior, the trio of brothers working together creates a light and enjoyable comic romp.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 18, 2007
Wendell Baker isn't perfect. The slacker humor grows cloying at times. Still, there's an undeniable charm to the Texas tale as it celebrates nonconformity and redemption.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 18, 2007
Though the Wilsons are no threat to the Coens as filmmakers, The Wendell Baker Story is still a pleasingly human-scaled alternative to the big, soulless Hollywood blockbusters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 18, 2007
A shiny shell of a movie, TWBS is pretty to look at, and occasionally fun to watch. But ultimately, it's an exercise in futility -- for the participants, who can do so much more, and the audience, which deserves so much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2007
As much as it looks like an enjoyable project to work on and a blast for all involved, the feeling you get watching The Wendell Baker Story is that you probably had to be there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 18, 2007
The movie undercuts whatever good graces it has generated with a feel-good ending that is just stunningly stupid. It's hard to be hip when your finale is so square.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 18, 2007
The story doesn't matter as much as the genial good-time vibe.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 18, 2007
This shambling, good-natured comedy is a Wilson family affair.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 17, 2007
The Wendell Baker Story, although good-natured, tries too hard to replicate the squirreliness of a Wes Anderson film, while declining to partake of its sadness and irony.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 16, 2007
The Wendell Baker Story just feels like an attempt to rebottle the postmodern fizz of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket. I wish instead they'd put a stopper in it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 15, 2007
Low-key to comatose, Wendell Baker might have been improved were it shot in 16mm black and white.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 14, 2007
The Wilsons can't even tell a been-there-done-that story of a con artist who gets his comeuppance without calling it The Wendell Baker Story, as if the character belongs, by virtue of his Wilsonian pedigree, on a pedestal.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 14, 2007
The Wilsons' venture was shot in Austin, the global center of slackerology, and has barely summoned the energy to leave the place.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 23, 2007
At once insouciantly laid back and beguilingly loony.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A little of the Wilsons goes a long way.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 23, 2005
If its aspirations are modest, The Wendell Baker Story does embody the dry wit and easy charm that has (along with Luke's looks) won the Wilsons so many fans.