Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 15 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. 38
    One of the silliest, most sieve-like screenplays of the year.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    What begins as a pleasantly utilitarian thriller gradually decays into a mediocre suspense drama and ends as an irritatingly feeble love story.
  4. 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.
  5. 30
    A convoluted exercise in shifting perspectives and fractured storytelling.
  6. 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.
  7. If Alfred Hitchcock were retarded, lobotomized, and freshly dug up, he might possibly c--- out a movie like this one.
  8. An elegant tale of romantic obsession weighed down by a needlessly convoluted plot that yields far more confusion than psychological suspense.
  9. 25
    The whole incoherent mess is sort of like a downbeat Gap ad, only longer and a lot more boring.
  10. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    A dementedly artificial and artsy film, a headache-inducing jumble of fractured narrative, flashbacks within flashbacks, and shifting perspectives.
  11. 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.
  12. Emotionally stultifying and brain-dead.
  13. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    Built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting.
  14. A limp and exceedingly uninvolving melodrama.
  15. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    The characters’ actions here are goofy, immature, unsettling and at times downright silly.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. PaulC
    May 19, 2006
    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
    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
    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 »