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Wilson (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Woody Harrelson delivers a solid performance as Wilson's titular grump, but the movie surrounding him can't quite manage to make the character's sour outlook consistently relatable.

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Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.

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The film's bouts of slapstick and sentiment sit slightly oddly with its downbeat tone, but Harrelson is consistently funny.

June 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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A few good cameos from David Warshofsky, as a prickly old friend of Wilson's, and Margo Martindale, as a date gone wrong, grace the torpid landscape. But it should all be sharper and funnier than it is.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The plot opts for cop-out sentimentality and begins to melt into goo.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Woody Harrelson is the only life in this party, a misstep that gives Daniel Clowes' graphic novel the indie-cutesy treatment.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You'll want to spend time with "Wilson." Even if nobody else does.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps I've seen one too many movies in which men who need to grow up have to wreak havoc on other people's lives to do it. And this is that one too many.

March 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wilson

The film had its moments and certainly felt like an Alexander Payne film, just missing the core story strength. Woody is a fantastic actor and I thought this would be like Bad Santa was for Billy Bob, the story flips quickly and we miss some of the more interesting sections of the film, e.g. when Wilson is in prison. The film tries very hard but comes apart towards the finale, the opening 40 minutes was very funny and unfortunately couldn't maintain this throughout. I think the filmmakers attempted to make us like Wilson too much towards the end, felt forced and not fitting with the character. This might be adapted from a novel but that doesn't mean an ending in the book will suit a film medium. I quite liked this film and I suspect I will rewatch and review my initial 3 star verdict in the next few years. The film is very funny and could grow in viewership with streaming services, only time will tell. 15-06-2017.

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