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The Wackness Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
An exercise in style and wit, two commodities that never go out of fashion.
David N. Butterworth
May 31, 2011
Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley make for an oddly engaging couple in Jonathan Levine's audacious comedy about sex, drugs, and unexpected friendships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
It's an utterly routine picture, but its low-key mood and acting disarm
Craig Phillips
July 30, 2009
With a game cast and cool songs from the era... heartfelt moments battling clumsy ones, The Wackness isn't quite dope but, like a good mixtape it is full of highlights.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 19, 2009
Dumb title? Certainly. Perfectly proportioned? Nope. True-to-life? Certainly not. An enjoyably quirky indie comedy? You bet.
Read More | Original Score: 74/100
Nora Lee Mandel
December 3, 2008
Parallel yet intertwined older and younger generations, and a real girl, set this above the usual young dudes genre, changing from comic to romantic to poignant and back.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
David Stratton
The Australian
November 19, 2008
If nothing else, it's probably worth seeing for the kissing scene between Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 14, 2008
It's an old theme. Levine tackles it with gusto and verve, and if ultimately he overdoes it with a hi-end quirky style, I think there's enough authenticity here to see the film through.
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
November 14, 2008
This is a gently humorous and beautifully moving film.
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
November 14, 2008
Levine's extended use of sepia-toned cinematography adds to the film's charmless look, matching the bleakness of the lives of most of the people he presents to the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 14, 2008
It muddles through on its period infatuation and on Kingsley's dope-loving turn as a doctor constantly on the verge of another hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 14, 2008
The performances are all very fine, but the standout is Ben Kingsley's Squires. It's so unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 13, 2008
Better than most "coming of age" stories due to some fine comic and dramatic performances by a talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 8, 2008
A thoroughly engaging comic drama with absurdist elements %u2013 or is that just real life
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
September 16, 2008
THE WACKNESS is one of those small little movies that come under the radar and sneak up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 29, 2008
The Wackness, while no masterpiece, is the kind of film that doesn't come to much but is watchable as it saunters along with a provoking sense of meaningful pessimism. The performances are really the thing - Levine hasn't managed anything better.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 29, 2008
The film's forlorn charm is a little reminiscent of Cameron Crowe's adolescent memoir Almost Famous. It's a tiny bit soppy, too, but you can forgive that in a teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
August 29, 2008
The Wackness is a teen drama, set in 1994 against a backdrop of laidback hip-hop and a roasting hot New York which tries just a bit too hard to be cool. But it is definitely not wack (bad).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 29, 2008
Kingsley is likewise on form and hits home with some terrifically world-weary one liners, while director Jon Levine brings a refreshing inventiveness to the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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