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The Wackness Reviews

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January 28, 2008
Trim a good twenty minutes from this overlong exercise, and you'd help the comedic pacing a whole lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
July 25, 2008
On the downside: There is a wackness to The Wackness, a saggy psychic undertow that drags down its lighter and smarter aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
The material is as facile and phony as any Meg Ryan romcom.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2008
With its full-on, fully uncritical glorification of adolescent male self-indulgence and permanent immaturity, The Wackness is a kind of cinematic embodiment of certain tendencies that make the sub-AICN movie web go round.
April 18, 2008
A so-so comedy with some genuinely funny scenes, punctuated with too many trying-too-hard elements.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 8, 2008
Over-hyped.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
July 31, 2008
Stripped of all its summer swelter and hip hip revisionism, The Wackness is really just another in a long line of quirky indie character studies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 7, 2008
There's still space for future indie coming-of-age stories on the order of Brick, The Graduate and Garden State, but The Wackness isn't one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 24, 2008
While Levine works his film-school-grade visual quirks out (Spike Lee should call his lawyer), the story of Wackness is left in a messy bundle.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
July 24, 2008
Basically the same as every indie movie ever - but in 1994!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 7, 2008
After all this window dressing, it's a standard-issue coming-of-age story. It's wack, all right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2008
A mix tape of clichés.
July 11, 2008
The kind of hollow, graceless and deeply irritating failure that pretty much single-handedly embodies everything that is wrong with contemporary American independent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 14, 2008
The Wackness is a moderately funny variant of the traditional coming-of-age saga. But it never creates characters likeable enough to care for.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 2, 2008
The nonstop '90s references (Hey, remember Zima?!) will have you groaning, even if you don't consider a Kingsley-Olsen makeout session a sign of the apocalypse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 29, 2008
It's superfluous overkill is less about endearing us to these characters' simplistic plights and all about how in touch the filmmakers are with an almanac.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 3, 2008
...the film belongs to Olivia Thirlby, whose entitled princess's aura shrouds both men into stupor. She's like a cross between "Goodbye, Columbus's" Brenda Patimkin and one of the "Kids" kids.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 3, 2008
Wackness is ultimately less evocative of pre-Sept. 11 Manhattan than it is of post-Sept. 11 Park City, Utah, where the film had its Sundance debut, and where festival audiences never tire of rebel-male angst and bluesy, guitar-inflected scoring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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