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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 21, 2004
Pretty enjoyable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 14, 2004
Scherfig shows a flair for comic melancholy ... as well as eccentric characters like Wilbur, who initially comes across as off-putting and self-obsessed, but later becomes, if not exactly warm, at least sympathetic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 13, 2004
Wilbur has the ability to suck you in, to make you cheer on the strangest of indulgent families.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
May 7, 2004
Unexpected plot twists keep us interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 7, 2004
Worth seeing.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 7, 2004
Though Scherfig is still partially enrolled in the Dogme school, her movie finds a happy balance with its equally adept eye for wide-screen composition and the raw complexity of real human emotion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 30, 2004
Here is a movie that appeals to the heart while not insulting the mind or forgetting how delightful its characters are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 29, 2004
A poignant, death-tinged comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 29, 2004
A charming, life-affirming gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2004
A very good, offbeat movie with a very bad, offbeat title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 22, 2004
Thanks in part to the performances and director Lone Scherfig's restrained direction, it remains engaging to the last scene.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 22, 2004
The acting is solid, but the tone is grating.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
April 9, 2004
Provides some wry chuckles, but much of it is as dark as a Glasgow winter.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 9, 2004
What makes Wilbur worth watching are its smaller bits.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2004
Wilbur is packed with oddly affecting moments likely to stick with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 2, 2004
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself wants to be as shocking as its title, but it doesn't have the nerve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 1, 2004
It starts as a black comedy about suicide along the lines of Harold and Maude, then softens into a well-meant but sentimental piece about terminal illness.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 1, 2004
Ms. Scherfig and Mr. Jenson have fashioned one of the most exquisitely life-affirming and love-affirming cinematic experiences of the year.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2004
Call this a brooding comedy or a darkly whimsical drama, Wilbur's willingness to mix gallows humor and real sadness make it something on which labels do not easily fit.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 25, 2004
If we never do find out exactly why Wilbur is so intent on offing himself, it almost doesn't matter, given Sives' magnetic, star-making performance and the careful, elating mixture of comedy and pathos.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
March 22, 2004
[Scherfig's] agile touch is in evidence as she continues to mine everyday longings and love's improbabilities.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 15, 2004
I admire some of it. I liked the performances. I thought the script was slow and I thought it had kind of a dingy slow dull over all feel to it.
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 12, 2004
Wilbur is wonderfully acted and about as original a film as we've seen this year or last.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 12, 2004
A smart and -- ultimately, surprisingly -- sweet film.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 12, 2004
Don't be put off by the title. Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself -- director Lone Scherfig's follow-up to Italian for Beginners -- deals with suicide and terminal illness, but she manages to keep the proceedings light and airy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 11, 2004
The new film by the Danish director Lone Scherfig, which begins with a suicide attempt and ends in a graveyard, makes you glad to be alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 10, 2004
The mixture of drizzly Scottish bleakness and Scherfig's meandering Danish moodiness is too chicly depressive -- and, for the most part, too dull -- to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 9, 2004
Less morbid than an eccentric mixture of the mawkish and primal.