Wakefield Reviews

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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.
June 8, 2017
What a fine performance by Jennifer Garner, playing a character we see almost totally through the filter of her husband's viewpoint.
June 1, 2017
Working from her own screenplay, director Robin Swicord delivers a film that balances wry humor and sly introspection.
May 26, 2017
Thanks to another terrific Cranston performance, we hang in there.
May 26, 2017
Cranston is utterly hypnotic as a certain kind of American male on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
May 25, 2017
"Wakefield" remains oddly watchable, like a Cheever-esque '60s-era suburban melodrama that's slick, unreal, yet has a burrowing drive. You can simultaneously recognize it as a misfire and want more movies like it.
May 25, 2017
"I've stranded myself," Howard laments, as the film nears its open-ended climax. So, too, does "Wakefield," unfortunately.
Top Critic
May 25, 2017
Wakefield is a terrific movie, with a devastatingly bravura performance by Bryan Cranston that seizes and grips attention from first scene to last.
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
Wakefield is kind of a wonder.
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.
Top Critic
May 18, 2017
Swicord ... both respects the material and neatly corrals it for her own purposes.
May 18, 2017
Wakefield is selfish and cunning, competitive and controlling. He's also unmistakably human and, surprisingly, totally relatable whether you'll admit it or not.
May 17, 2017
The film, scrupulously faithful to its source, is decidedly literary, but not in an especially satisfying way.
May 17, 2017
Cranston is simply remarkable in the role, a tricky one since his character has precious little dialogue with anyone else. Yet the actor shows everything here -- arrogance, sorrow, anger, love, fear.
May 17, 2017
The role of Wakefield is a beast, and Cranston, rising to the challenges set by director Robin Swicord, gives it everything he's got. His award-caliber performance is astounding to watch.
May 17, 2017
It's ultimately hamstrung by its overwrought sensibilities.
May 17, 2017
...a one-man show driven by Cranston's surprisingly subtle performance.
September 6, 2016
Could seriously resonate with middle-aged moviegoers - especially women - starved for smart, personal stories.
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