Critic Consensus: Thanks to a committed, powerhouse performance by Bryan Cranston, Wakefield is a fascinating character study of a decidedly unpleasant character.
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Critic Reviews for Wakefield
Uneventful and dull to look at, the film adapts a short story by E.L. Doctorow that probably should have stayed on the page.
Cranston cranks his performance up to 11, enamored of his own work and incapable of hitting the brakes. And yet he never brings his character's conflicting motives to life.
It isn't the dull midlife crisis movie it initially presents itself as. But it also doesn't do enough to lurch into more nightmarish territory.
What a fine performance by Jennifer Garner, playing a character we see almost totally through the filter of her husband's viewpoint.
Working from her own screenplay, director Robin Swicord delivers a film that balances wry humor and sly introspection.
Audience Reviews for Wakefield
Once again another great performance from Bryan Cranston. His character is not entirely pleasant and that keeps you watching. This is kind of a modern day take on movies such as It's a Wonderful Life that teach you to be grateful for what you have when you take it all for granted.
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