The Wicker Man

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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 173 Ratings

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  • Summary: In Neil LaBute's remake of the 1973 horror classic, Nicolas Cage stars as a sheriff investigating a young girl's disappearance from an isolated, mysterious island.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. 75
    Profoundly disturbing, blood-chilling suspenser.
  2. 63
    As it is, LaBute has cleverly repurposed his creepy source material. This Wicker Man, which wasn't screened for critics, is a nutty atonement for the gender assaults of his filmmaking and playwriting past, including "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends & Neighbors," and "The Shape of Things."
  3. Well intentioned, but only occasionally creepy.
  4. In an era of careful cost accountancy and focus-group testing, it's remarkable that a movie as truly, deeply, madly foolish as The Wicker Man escaped the asylum. But we must be grateful for the endless guffaws and gasps and outright stunned silences it unleashes on lucky audiences.
  5. Unlikely to inspire a passionate following similar to the original, the film, which opened Friday without being screened for the press, ultimately induces more titters than dread.
  6. As an allegory of religious conflict, the '73 film is brilliantly constructed and ends with a punctuation mark that was shocking in its day. LaBute's movie attempts to shock, as well, and does: Given the names involved and the casting of Cage, it is shockingly bad.
  7. 20
    Do yourself a favor: Go rent Hardy's original film, watch it, and then try and get it out of your head. You never, ever will.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 61
  2. Negative: 36 out of 61
  1. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    What's in the bag, a shark or something?
    This movie is undoubtedly the greatest achievement in cinema history. Nicolas "Not The Bees" Cage
    What's in the bag, a shark or something?
    This movie is undoubtedly the greatest achievement in cinema history. Nicolas "Not The Bees" Cage plays a troubled detective- but that doesn't really matter. The true achievement is not in the story, but in the acting and the writing- oh god, the writing. With such memorable lines as "Killing me won't bring back your goddamn honey" and "Step away from the bike".
    But seriously, if you go into this with the intent of laughing, you will.
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  2. Oct 7, 2014
    8
    I started watching "The Wicker Man" because it is "the worst movie with Nicolas Cage". That got me curious. And I was very surprised that II started watching "The Wicker Man" because it is "the worst movie with Nicolas Cage". That got me curious. And I was very surprised that I liked it and I would like to explain why. This is a true horror movie for grown-ups. You see, children are afraid of Freddy, of ghosts, zombies and all kinds of magical monsters that presumably live under their bed. But as we grow up we tend to understand that such monsters do not exist in real life. In Wicker Man we are presented with real monsters, horrible beings that are much scarier to me than any life-leaching ghoul or vurdalak. And the scariest part is that these beings really DO exist in the world, perhaps in a slightly different form. These monsters are...women... oops! Just joking here. Religious fanatics. Some people are so mentally handicapped that they believe that killing someone will make a better harvest. This is what happens when you let all kinds of **** persist in the air. And, frankly speaking, this part of humanity scares the **** out of me. So I wouldn't say it's the best movie, but it has a believable plot, with just a few minor flaws and decent acting. And even if this is the worst movie with Nicolas Cage, It's still a good movie which is damn impressive! Expand
  3. May 2, 2013
    5
    nunca fui fanático de la original pero esta nueva adaptación es un lento pero seguro paso a un nuevo genero de películas de suspenso dramáticonunca fui fanático de la original pero esta nueva adaptación es un lento pero seguro paso a un nuevo genero de películas de suspenso dramático lento y aunque este nuevo genero no le gustara a muchos a los otros les parecerá una evolución en el suspenso Expand
  4. Rea
    Sep 1, 2006
    2
    I couldn't believe Nick Cage or Ellen Burstyn would be caught dead in such a dog. Bad script, and even the normally good Cage's I couldn't believe Nick Cage or Ellen Burstyn would be caught dead in such a dog. Bad script, and even the normally good Cage's acting didn't connect with a shred of reality. Fellow movie goers hooted and jeered on their way out of the theatre. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    2
    Horribly written movie which builds to one of the worst climaxes I have ever seen in all my days of filmgoing.
  6. a1
    Sep 10, 2006
    1
    Waste of time and not even worth Netflix ... I excepted more from the actors, however, I guess they prove that at a certain point actors have Waste of time and not even worth Netflix ... I excepted more from the actors, however, I guess they prove that at a certain point actors have the ability to bring in money despite the lack of a plot or anything else even a Expand
  7. SherrieD.
    Sep 1, 2006
    0
    I love Nick Cage; I talked 2 other people into going to this joke; and I seriously mean I hope the whole thing was an expensive Hollywood I love Nick Cage; I talked 2 other people into going to this joke; and I seriously mean I hope the whole thing was an expensive Hollywood joke. It wa the worst movie, worst plot, worst acting I am sure I have ever experienced. Nick, Babe; what the hell were you thinkin? Tell me this was all for fun! Expand

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