The Wicker Man 2006

The Wicker Man

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Puzzlingly misguided, Neil LaBute's update The Wicker Man struggles against unintentional comedy and fails.

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A reclusive lawman (Nicolas Cage) travels to a secluded island to search for a girl who has gone missing. Once there, he discovers sinister forces at work among the island's secretive residents, including strange sexual rituals, a harvest festival and possible human sacrifice.

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Critic Reviews for The Wicker Man

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (91)

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The '73 film is brilliantly constructed and ends with a punctuation mark that was shocking in its day. LaBute's movie attempts to shock, as well, and does: Given the names involved and the casting of Cage, it is shockingly bad.

    September 23, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Neil LaBute's utterly misconceived remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film is a boring, fright-free catastrophe.

    September 23, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • Despite retaining significant chunks of Shaffer's dialogue to go along with the basic story structure, LaBute has transformed the eerie, disturbing psychological thriller into an unintentional comedy.

    September 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • To his credit Cage plays it with an admirably straight face, even when mugging a woman for her bear costume. But then he must have known from the beginning he was backing a loser.

    September 5, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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  • The Wicker Man is comically inept as a horror movie, unable to even manage an effective false scare, or sustain suspense for more than a beat or two.

    September 5, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

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  • Nov 10, 2016
    "No! Not the bees! Not the bees!" Nicolas Cage stars in Neil LaBute's remake of the cult horror film The Wicker Man. When California patrolman Edward Malus receives a letter from his former fiancée asking for help finding her missing daughter he flies out to a remove private island to investigate, and comes to believe that a feminist cult has abducted the child to be a pagan sacrifice. Unfortunately the storytelling is just awful, and does a terribly job at building intrigue and suspense; as Malus is continually stonewalled at every turn. Additionally, the performances are all pretty bland, except for Cage who goes really over-the-top. Complete garbage, The Wicker Man is an incredible dull non-thriller that doesn't deliver any scares.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2014
    Incredibly unnecessary and boring with occasional unintentional humour. Not as hilarious and goofy as you might be hoping for.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2013
    So indescribably bad and full of plot holes. I have to give Cage credit though--he knows how to make an entertainingly-bad movie. This is a blast to watch because it sucks so much lol.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2013
    I don't know why Hollywood always have to be such a pain in the ass by making remakes. And watching Nicolas Cage is the most annoying 106 minutes of my life. I hated the whole film for it's stupidity and lousy schlocky shocks.The film offers nothing good, only scared audience by suddenly introducing loud noises and dreadful dream sequence. Expected nothing, received nothing.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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