Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 15 out of 34
  1. It would be tempting to say that fractured time sequences in movies have become a cliché, except that Wicker Park makes your brain spin in surprising and pleasurable ways.
  2. 75
    Diane Kruger, whose Lisa is subjected to logical whiplash by the plot, always seems to know when it is and how she should feel. Now that's acting.
  3. 75
    As the movie approached the end credits, I cared about what happened to these characters, and that made the coincidences and occasional missteps forgivable.
  4. The weirdly exhilarating thing about Wicker Park is the reckless abandon with which it embraces the convenience of coincidence, and then the extreme measures it takes to reassure the audience that it's not a movie about coincidence at all.
  5. The film is stylish, the compromising elements that usually junk up a Hollywood "date movie" are nowhere to be seen, the ensemble of supporting actors is strong and, despite a certain woodenness, Hartnett is appealing and mostly very believable.
  6. This is a smart movie, full of astonishing reverses and switchbacks, and it adroitly walks the thin line between too clever by half and not clever enough by three-quarters.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Movies that are entertainingly nuts don't come around very often, and when they do they need to be given their due.
  8. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    60
    Aside from Rose Byrne's complex performance, there's nothing here that improves upon the original.
  9. 60
    There are some striking visuals and Hartnett is a magnetic presence.
  10. To work, it has to make us feel crazy with love, like "Vertigo" did. Instead, it often just makes us feel crazy for believing any of it.
  11. If plot were oats, Wicker Park would choke a horse.
  12. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    50
    One too many scenes with Hartnett's genuinely unpleasant doofus drain away any investment in a film that's suddenly become an elaborate farce without jokes.
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    All of this was more enjoyable when Bellucci, Cassel and Bohringer were the stars. Hartnett is overly methodical here as Matthew, and Kruger, as in "Troy," is beautiful but lacking in dramatic intensity.
  14. 40
    This American version can't hold a candle to its French counterpart, which was deeply, eerily resonant where this is only frustrating, a Rubik's cube, minus its colorful signage.
  15. 40
    In the end it doesn't lead to much beyond weepy melodrama. Still, McGuigan draws committed performances from a talented cast.
  16. 40
    Instead of building toward a grand romantic climax, it just gets sillier before exploding into a torrent of unintended laughs.
  17. 40
    Dippy romantic thriller.
  18. 40
    The French original was a clever Hitchcock homage with a murder at its center. For reasons unknown, the murder plot has been dropped from the remake (though a few confusing traces of it remain), which leaves Wicker Park without much real urgency to drive its extremely contrived plot.
  19. 40
    You have to applaud for sheer folly. This doesn't just reprise another film. It reprises a French film.
  20. Structure overwhelms everything, but it's not as if Wicker Park has nothing to say. It's full of ugly truths about emotional frailty, and implies that stalking is a bad thing only when you're not charming enough about it.
  21. 38
    One of the silliest, most sieve-like screenplays of the year.
  22. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    38
    What begins as a pleasantly utilitarian thriller gradually decays into a mediocre suspense drama and ends as an irritatingly feeble love story.
  23. May have been adapted the 1996 French film "L'Appartement," but pretty much all evidence of what was once an engaging psychodrama has been lost in the translation.
  24. 30
    A convoluted exercise in shifting perspectives and fractured storytelling.
  25. 30
    Takes plenty of twists and turns, each so implausible and silly that you have no interest whatsoever in finding out what the next one will be. The director, Paul McGuigan, is fond of fancy split-screen effects and stylish, snappy cutting, but he can't tell a story to save his life.
  26. If Alfred Hitchcock were retarded, lobotomized, and freshly dug up, he might possibly c--- out a movie like this one.
  27. An elegant tale of romantic obsession weighed down by a needlessly convoluted plot that yields far more confusion than psychological suspense.
  28. 25
    The whole incoherent mess is sort of like a downbeat Gap ad, only longer and a lot more boring.
  29. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    25
    A dementedly artificial and artsy film, a headache-inducing jumble of fractured narrative, flashbacks within flashbacks, and shifting perspectives.
  30. The studio behind Wicker Park bills it as a "romantic thriller.'' But it's actually an example of an even more unusual subgenre: the dumb, suspense- free and undersexed stalker drama.
  31. Emotionally stultifying and brain-dead.
  32. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    20
    Built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting.
  33. A limp and exceedingly uninvolving melodrama.
  34. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    10
    The characters’ actions here are goofy, immature, unsettling and at times downright silly.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. PaulC
    May 19, 2006
    10
    This is a rich,complicated story that is told masterfully. The style of narrative is like Memento, told in non-chronlogical order. Yes, this movie makes you think. You have to use your brain to figure out what is going on. I am so sick of people bashing films that require a conscious effort to understand. Overall, a wonderful film with excellent direction and good acting, but more importantly a fantastic script. Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    6
    An interesting romance that strives for the quote "what's meant to be will always find its way." It seemed like Wicker Park tried to attract both audiences of the Romance genre: the innocent; for the happy, mushy ending with rated-PG dialogue; and the naughty; by the misleading cover. Full Review »
  3. PatC.
    Jun 30, 2006
    6
    Indirect structure must be endured until the pieces start to fall into place. Fluctuates between sublime and shallow personality traits without implying there is any distinction between the two. But overall a tasteful and admittedly powerful situation romance. Full Review »