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The Wackness Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2008
Kingsley's shamelessly zingy performance adds welcome pep, and a delicate, achingly sincere summertime idyll on Fire Island offers notice of Levine's evident promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
August 1, 2008
That first sight of Ben Kingsley sucking down a bowl will burn into your memory. You may be watching The Wackness but it's hard to forget that this is Gandhi putting Bic to bong in Jonathan Levine's silly, sappy and sympathetic coming-of-age memoir.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2008
The Wackness marks a step up in ambition, but it is also self-indulgent and needlessly complicated for what it ultimately delivers: a somber John Hughes picture scored to A Tribe Called Quest and Mary J. Blige.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 25, 2008
The Wackness, for all its eccentricities and emotional pain, is really a sweet little film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 24, 2008
The characters are sympathetically drawn and the modest wisdom rings true.
July 18, 2008
Most of the time, Peck is cast adrift in an uncertain world, and Levine too often conflates his lack of purpose with the movie's.
Read More | Original Score: C
July 17, 2008
Levine, who wrote the film as well as directed it, re-creates 1994 with the painstaking detail usually reserved for period pieces and costume dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2008
A minor triumph.
July 11, 2008
Its story is a familiar one, whatever the decade.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 11, 2008
When The Wackness is good, it's good, and when it fails, it's still clear what Levine was trying to do. Someday he'll probably be able to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
A generous-spirited study of characters in pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
For all of Kingsley's hamming, he can't overshadow Peck's mournful performance. Nor can you forget the film's reminder that the cruellest thing you can say to a teenager is that these are the best years of his life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
Man, have we been here before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2008
What saves this movie, which won this year's audience award at Sundance, from being boring are performances by two actors who see a chance to go over the top and aren't worried about the fall on the other side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 11, 2008
The Wackness exudes a vibe that is rich in emotional truth, even if some of the details get lost in a green haze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 10, 2008
For about half its length, Jonathan Levine's film The Wackness resembles a grunge remake of The Graduate, updated for the peculiarly specific setting of 1994 New York City.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2008
The fun is watching Thirlby -- second banana in Juno -- do a tantalizing sex-bomb number, and Kingsley get to flout his knighthood by sticking his tongue down the throat of Mary-Kate Olsen.
July 4, 2008
Levine has blessed his coming-of-age tale with a catchy hip-hop soundtrack, characters who feel grounded no matter how odd their circumstances, and a girl worthy of Luke's dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 4, 2008
Though he has a shorthand approach to capturing 1994, Levine nails the swirling energy of first heartbreak as his teen stoner rehearses his first Big Moment
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 3, 2008
The Wackness is both darkly funny and life-affirming, in an offbeat and offhanded way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
July 3, 2008
The Wackness makes a good-faith effort to steer clear of coming-of-age story clichés, and succeeds and fails in roughly equal measure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 3, 2008
Jonathan Levine's The Wackness is a studiously offbeat coming-of-age crowd-pleaser set in New York City during the long-ago, far-away days of...the summer of 1994.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 2, 2008
Stoned hip-hop youth go gently into that Giuliani night in Jonathan Levine's frustratingly shallow my-summer-of-sex drama, set in a sweltering 1994 New York City.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
July 2, 2008
A remarkable cast supplies subtlety and balance to the mostly downward spiral of the narrative.
July 2, 2008
A mutton-headed waste of time that is every bit as moronic and meaningless as its title.
July 1, 2008
A mix tape of clichés.
July 1, 2008
It won the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, but don't let that be a source of dissuasion. It's actually a pretty good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2008
Inspired a packed Sundance house to forget their Saturday-night pains and stand up and cheer.
January 22, 2008
The Wackness treads this familiar terrain with assurance and distinction.