Wakefield Reviews

October 10, 2019
While this monotonous one-man show may be a testament to Cranston's talents, the film becomes a tedious exercise.
July 20, 2019
Voyeurism channeled through a character so bereft of decency and filled with such a false sense of superiority only serves to leave the viewer feeling a little dirty.
June 21, 2019
If the movie ran just 53 minutes instead of 106, Cranston probably would have won me over. After all, "Wakefield" is based on a short story.
August 30, 2017
The experiment proves only partially successful, perhaps because it's difficult not to be a little too aware of the pitfalls such a solipsistic story faces and the strategies Swicord uses to overcome them.
June 22, 2017
Uneventful and dull to look at, the film adapts a short story by E.L. Doctorow that probably should have stayed on the page.
June 9, 2017
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.
May 31, 2017
Neither Swicord's best efforts to lend some subtle perspective to Howard's unreliable narration, nor Cranston's entertaining hamminess in the lead role, are enough to justify the time spent with this sniveling character.
May 26, 2017
There is neither the wit nor the energy here to sustain it for a full hour. Beware: if thou gaze long into a navel, the navel will also gaze into thee.
May 26, 2017
Bryan Cranston might be among our great actors, but talent is hardly enough to make Wakefield anything other than a 106-minute endurance test with a creep.
May 26, 2017
An appalling elevation of toxic masculinity to something poignant, radical, and heroic. As unpleasant and as passive-aggressive as its horrid protagonist.
May 26, 2017
It's not often there's too much of Cranston, he's one of the most entertaining screen actors around, but this is one of those times.
May 25, 2017
"I've stranded myself," Howard laments, as the film nears its open-ended climax. So, too, does "Wakefield," unfortunately.
May 24, 2017
To her credit, Swicord clearly made the film she wanted to make, but "Wakefield" stays stuck in one gear.
May 19, 2017
It's to Cranston's great credit that he's able to keep us watching this shallow, self-deceiving egotist. It's the film's fatal failing that we're never sure why.
May 19, 2017
A peculiar tale about a distinctly unlikeable fellow, Wakefield drags considerably.
May 17, 2017
The film, scrupulously faithful to its source, is decidedly literary, but not in an especially satisfying way.
May 17, 2017
It's ultimately hamstrung by its overwrought sensibilities.
May 14, 2017
The more curious Howard's circumstances become, the less vitality the harsh realities of his escapades away from home have.