Wicker Park

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
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  1. 60
    There are some striking visuals and Hartnett is a magnetic presence.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    60
    Aside from Rose Byrne's complex performance, there's nothing here that improves upon the original.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If plot were oats, Wicker Park would choke a horse.
  7. 40
    Instead of building toward a grand romantic climax, it just gets sillier before exploding into a torrent of unintended laughs.
  8. 40
    In the end it doesn't lead to much beyond weepy melodrama. Still, McGuigan draws committed performances from a talented cast.
  9. 40
    You have to applaud for sheer folly. This doesn't just reprise another film. It reprises a French film.
  10. 40
    Dippy romantic thriller.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 123 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 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 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 attractAn 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 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 »