The Wicker Man Reviews

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October 3, 2006
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September 23, 2006
The '73 film is brilliantly constructed and ends with a punctuation mark that was shocking in its day. LaBute's movie attempts to shock, as well, and does: Given the names involved and the casting of Cage, it is shockingly bad.
September 23, 2006
Neil LaBute's remake of the British horror classic is as wooden as its titular effigy... and wholly unnecessary.
September 23, 2006
Neil LaBute's utterly misconceived remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film is a boring, fright-free catastrophe.
September 23, 2006
Cage lumbers around in full-on shouty mode and his character is never particularly likeable ... whilst decent actresses like Frances Conroy and Ellen Burstyn are given very little to do beyond trying to keep a straight face.
September 23, 2006
Nearly all of what made the 1973 film such an unforgettable cinematic experience is lost in translation.
September 23, 2006
Part of the original's effectiveness derived from the main character, whose strong religious convictions were ultimately used against him in the most sinister of ways, a dimension the new film is sorely lacking.
September 23, 2006
September 16, 2006
The blatancy of the outcome siphons any intended suspense, already padded by an overbearingly atmospheric score.
September 16, 2006
I've seen many ill-advised horror remakes in my time. The Wicker Man may be the worst ever.
September 15, 2006
This film falls into the 'good wierd' catagory-even if you don't care for it, you will love telling people about it.
September 15, 2006
A castration-anxiety companion piece to 'The Da Vinci Code,' only this time the 'suppression of the female' is responsible for a murderous island cult of goddess-worshipping honey harvesters...
September 14, 2006
Neil LaBute's remake is a disastrous miscalculation, shucking religion completely and instead fashioning the tale as a battle between upstanding male dominance and wicked feminist doctrine.
September 13, 2006
Let's just say that sometimes the best-laid plans of mice and men -- and movie-makers -- go up in smoke.
September 8, 2006
So hilarious it's entertaining, "The Wicker Man" is fairly aflame with ridiculous moments.
September 8, 2006
so bad that it's scary.
September 8, 2006
...yet another [one] of Hollywood's clueless remakes.
September 8, 2006
The Wicker Man occupies some silly, nebulous middle ground between mystery and horror.
September 8, 2006
Rotten, risible, rubbish. One of the year's worst films.
September 8, 2006
...doesn't much bother with such niceties as a credible creed or an internally consistent plot.
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