Wristcutters: A Love Story

2007

Wristcutters: A Love Story

Critics Consensus

Wristcutters: A Love Story sounds like a normal enough indie flick. Boy meets girl. Boy gets separated from girl. Boy goes on a road trip with friends to find girl and gains a new perspective on life. Except everybody's dead.

67%

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Total Count: 91

82%

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User Ratings: 32,451
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Suicide is not the end, but only the beginning of a fascinating journey through the afterlife for souls in search of what they could not find in their previous lives.

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Critic Reviews for Wristcutters: A Love Story

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (31)

  • It misses the opportunity to examine why a community of people - each of whom has already given up on life - would band together to form a new society of desperate misfits.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • It is a staggeringly awful road movie, not much enlivened by the presence of Tom Waits as a wizened participant.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 1/5
  • The purgatorial premise is pleasingly eccentric but, in the end, Wristcutters falls victim to its washed-out mood, and limps bloodlessly to a close.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • Dark subject matter, but Goran Dukic's film is whimsical and determinedly optimistic about life.

    Nov 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
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  • Opportunities to comment on the ethical grey areas of suicide are mostly squandered and, as the pointless digressions begin to pile up, your mind begins to drift from the action on screen.

    Nov 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Another indie director more interested in style than substance.

    Nov 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wristcutters: A Love Story

  • Jan 01, 2012
    Nazdrovyeh! A triumphant love story to limbo and back again. The world to where suicides are relegated is almost Sartre-esque: mundane activities and conversations, day in, day out. "Hell is other people." However, people can still make friends here, and there are miraculous oases to be found. The bond between Zia and Eugene is rather sweet and bro-tastic. There is no way Patrick Fugit can look not adorable. Raven-haired Shannyn Sossamon is probably the only woman in the world who can make chewing gum with her mouth open look so good. I also dig how the filmmakers cast Sossamon and Leslie Bibb as the present and past love interests because they look so much alike with their angular jaws and thin lips.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2011
    This movie is massively underrated and it's sort of sad that more people didn't see it. Then again, with a title like Wristcutters, it's going to be a hard road. This plays almost like your typical indie road comedy with a twist that manages to make this into a wholly unique little movie. There was potential here for a lot of gallows humor with the subject matter and all, and there are some hilarious scenes, but the movie is mostly a love story and a really nice and sweet one at that. The ending of the movie is also incredibly satisfying. Strong performances, awesome music, likable characters and an offbeat charm make this movie worth going out of your way to see. I can't say enough good about this movie, it's not perfect by any means but it is still a great movie that's really should have more of a following than it does.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2011
    A quirky and original love story about second chances surviving in the land of the suicidal. Oddly enough this dark comedy is quite cheerful.
    Shawn E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2011
    According to this fantasy/comedy, if you kill yourself, you go to a land where other suicides continue to go to their jobs, which probably caused their suicide, and still display the evidence of their efforts. As concepts go, this doesn't seem too compelling, and the film doesn't use this concept to say anything unique. Rather, it is simply shot in a dull, dreary color scheme, and the characters are appropriately lifeless. Additionally, structurally, we don't get to the eponymous love story until after act two is well on its way, and in the middle of act two, we're suddenly introduced to a political plot that is never fully explored and I was never completely clear on. And there is no denying that <i>Wristcutters: A Love Story</i> falls into a trap common for road movies; namely, the supporting characters are more interesting than the main characters' journey, and the film subsequently loses its focus. For all its flaws, this film charmed me. Patrick Fugit has good comic timing, and Shannyn Sassamon provides some color to an otherwise bland canvass. Overall, this is short film, and if you're susceptible to a quirky brand of funny (cf. Kate Winslet in <i>Eternal Sunshine</i>), then you might find it worth the time.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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