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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
    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. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    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
    40
    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: 12 out of 56
  2. Negative: 34 out of 56
  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
    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. Feb 13, 2011
    10
    Honestly, the best movie I have ever seen in my entire life. Cage's acting really brings it home. When he's screaming "THE BEES THE BEES" there is really this scene of truth and pain to the character. Spectacular. An absolute masterpiece. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2013
    7
    Esta pelicula de culto me gusto, me parecio muy buena, nunca vi la cinta original porque sino hubiera puesto un critica diferente a esta, pero igual, la pelicula estuvo buena. Expand
  4. Dec 14, 2012
    4
    Stunning. Courageous. A feast for the eyes and ears. These are but some of my reactions to Nicolas Cage's (in my opinion BAFTA winning performance) in The Wicker Man. He manages to suprise audiences time and time again with depth of characters that only he can bring forth to the acting table. Quality, not quantity has always been my motto and i think this film can be beautifully summed up by one shortt, crisp and well executed line that fits so perfectly with the running themes of despair and fear: "What's in the bag, a shark or something?" .... A must see. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2014
    2
    NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEES!!! NOT THE BEEs!!! Expand
  6. 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.
  7. Mar 28, 2011
    0
    Hilarious. The dialogue was so goddamn bad that I laughed like a moron. Why can't Nicholas Cage make bad movies that are funny? As far as I'm concerned, this is easier to get through than Bangkok Dangerous. Or whatever the hell he does now. Expand

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