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The Wood Reviews

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Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Choppy coming-of-age story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It wants to be Boyz in the Hood (Boyz in the Wood) but the obscenity laced dialogue and raw objectification of woman renders it a contrite pretender more along the lines of Booty Call and Trippin.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Leslie Felperin
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Never delves much deeper into the three friends' psychology than a sitcom pilot would, though the cast try their best.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A charmer, a heartfelt memoir full of the buoyant good spirits and free-wheeling fun that, say, American Pie never had.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 26, 2002
A well-intentioned exercise in humanism... but as art or a successful narrative, the movie is ultimately empty.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Heartfelt honesty and a determined refusal to resort to exploitative stereotypes help make The Wood an uncommonly uplifting experience for audiences of all races and backgrounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
Three middle-class African-American men yearn to stay forever young as they struggle with their relationships with women.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
What are you waiting on? Go see this one!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A savvy, good-natured comedy!
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Wood is a solid debut for director Famuyiwa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The growing-up stuff is kind of wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
A fair and admirable comedy we haven't quite seen before.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
There's a lot of good interplay between the leads, and the flashback scenes successfully evoke the '80s.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Famuyiwa has kicked up fertile new storytelling territory for black filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
this film's spirit and charm overwhelmingly eclipse technical pops and sputters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Morgan Fouch
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
A respectable debut.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
A gentle, honest and amusing coming-of-age story!
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Nice, but lacks the substance it needs to make us feel as good as it wants us to.
| Original Score: 65/100
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A sweet-natured, overly familiar coming-of-age enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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