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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    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. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    In the end, LaBute's remake is an interesting idea that never transforms into a particularly satisfying movie.
  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. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    This wasn't a horror film the first time around, and LaBute makes sorry feints at effective creepiness, letting the story roam in circles just like Cage.
  6. 38
    There may be a way to remake 1973's cult thriller The Wicker Man, in which a deeply Christian cop has his religious convictions shaken to the core as he investigates the disappearance of a child from within a cheerfully pagan community, but Neil LaBute didn't find it.
  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: 13 out of 59
  2. Negative: 35 out of 59
  1. Apr 11, 2013
    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.
  2. Oct 7, 2014
    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 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
    nunca 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
    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
    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
    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
    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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