The Wackness Reviews

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November 18, 2011
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.
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.
August 29, 2008
Its writer-director, Jonathan Levine, lavishes the movie with inky black shadows and soft gauzy close-ups, making it mostly feel like a dream, or a half-conjured memory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2008
The Wackness, for all its eccentricities and emotional pain, is really a sweet little film.
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.
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.
July 14, 2008
A minor triumph.
July 11, 2008
Its story is a familiar one, whatever the decade.
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.
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.
July 11, 2008
Man, have we been here before.
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.
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.
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.
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