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Wicker Park Reviews

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 18, 2014
Wicker Park then doubles back on itself, layering flashback upon flashback, but instead of building toward a grand romantic climax, it just gets sillier before exploding into a torrent of unintended laughs.
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times
March 18, 2014
Convoluted though this plot may seem, at least the inventive visuals from Gangster No 1 director Paul McGuigan keep you engrossed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2014
There are some striking visuals and Hartnett is a magnetic presence.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A convoluted structure makes this story hard work, but like the French original, it engages with its dazzling zig zag of time frames and varied perspective.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
McGuigan imbues Wicker Park with a disorienting atmosphere and visual style, using available window panes and deep focus techniques like a split-screen effect to show simultaneous actions and emotions upon which the narrative twists and turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 16, 2005
A nice example of what happens to a Hitchcock shrine when it's filtered through a slick punk sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 15, 2005
That Wicker Park becomes as engrossing as it does is particularly shocking, given the almost interminable opening hour...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
September 14, 2004
I usually prefer a film that stays in a logical sequence but Josh Hartnett is a captivating kind of guy who holds your attention throughout the flashback sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix
September 11, 2004
Matthew always seems worth caring about, thanks to the unfailingly nice and sincere vibe Hartnett gives off.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 9, 2004
I am giving it thumbs up because of a very attractive cast and they do a wonderful job with what they got.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 9, 2004
Makes your brain spin in surprising and pleasurable ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 8, 2004
This is a great date movie. Handholding can get quite serious during the film's many intense scenes.
Scott Gwin
September 7, 2004
They have translated a foreign film to an American friendly version in a way that neither diminishes nor excessively departs from the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
September 6, 2004
This film is genuinely interested in getting us inside the heads of its three leads (Matthew, Alex, and Lisa). It wants us to understand, although not necessarily sympathize with, all three of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 5, 2004
A powerfully compelling film that gains most of its intrigue via the artifice of purposefully withholding information from the moviegoer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 4, 2004
It seems to take a confused eternity to get started, but once director Paul McGuigan's m.o. finally becomes apparent, the thing takes on a dogged kind of interest.
Dustin Putman
September 4, 2004
Not the customary disposable cinematic fare released on the always-slow Labor Day weekend, but an intriguing, original film of ideas and human feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 3, 2004
An interesting formal exercise: exceedingly hard to swallow, but quietly engrossing...deserves style points for sticking to an unconventional narrative.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
September 3, 2004
It's a movie consisting of two radically different halves, at least in terms of tone. And while the second half doesn't entirely atone for all the liberties taken in the first, it does a better job than might be expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 3, 2004
This is a smart movie, full of astonishing reverses and switchbacks, and it adroitly walks the thin line between too clever by half and not clever enough by three-quarters.
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