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. 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 129 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 »