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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 110 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 91 out of 110
  2. Negative: 10 out of 110
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  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 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. Expand
  2. DonH
    May 17, 2005
    8
    This was a good movie. But I did watch Birth before i watched it, so any movie would have been great after that. It was cool how the story progress, but it was easy to figure out the plot. So all in all, good movie, with a good soundtrack.
  3. SusanM.
    May 24, 2005
    1
    Booooooooring. Couldn't even finish it.
  4. JamesH.
    Jun 27, 2005
    10
    This was an amazing film that has such a strong message. Throughout the whole film each of the characters is effected by obsession for someone else but go to different extremes to receive something back. By the end of the film you want the two main characters to meet each other again and you hate Alex for seperating them but when she explains why you understand. You feel sympathy for her This was an amazing film that has such a strong message. Throughout the whole film each of the characters is effected by obsession for someone else but go to different extremes to receive something back. By the end of the film you want the two main characters to meet each other again and you hate Alex for seperating them but when she explains why you understand. You feel sympathy for her and the ending is amazing. I have never seen such an appropriate choice of soundtrack for the final part. Amazing. Expand
  5. clayo.
    Jul 26, 2005
    0
    Along with 'The Village,' the most excruciatingly annoying film of the last two years.
  6. RodC.
    Sep 11, 2005
    9
    Crisp, clean and intriguing. Excellent editing work, average acting, excellent script.
  7. MC
    Sep 11, 2005
    10
    Pros: interesting story, beyond excellent acting, excellent direction and setting cons: to complex for the average american joe (thats why it got such low rating) overview: If you are a scum sucking American with a mind as intruiging as a peanut, then don't watch this film. If youre mind is as intruiging as a peanut in an antique bowl from the age of the ancient greeks, then watch it.
  8. LarryS.
    Sep 15, 2005
    5
    [***SPOILER***] Make sure you have at least cup of strong coffee before you watch this one. It
  9. Bernadette
    Mar 18, 2006
    3
    Boring, wondering when it would be over. Could have read a good book instead.
  10. 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.
  11. CameronS.
    Sep 5, 2004
    9
    VERY good movie. I really enjoyed it.
  12. JoeyB.
    Sep 3, 2004
    10
    I reply with: Awesome.
  13. AugustC.
    Oct 1, 2004
    9
    I thought the movie was GREAT, a must see movie.
  14. TomM
    Sep 13, 2004
    6
    Not what I expected, but I actually think there are a few women that crazy out there.
  15. JenS.
    Sep 3, 2004
    0
    Terrible.
  16. VinceH.
    Sep 12, 2004
    5
    Chad S. is pretty much right on the money here. Does anyone in this movie know how to use a phone? While all the calls here seem to be near-misses, coincidences and run-ins. One phone call could've solved the entire mystery. Nothing the characters do for the most part makes any sense. Their intentions are completely different for the way they act. That may be on purpose, but if so Chad S. is pretty much right on the money here. Does anyone in this movie know how to use a phone? While all the calls here seem to be near-misses, coincidences and run-ins. One phone call could've solved the entire mystery. Nothing the characters do for the most part makes any sense. Their intentions are completely different for the way they act. That may be on purpose, but if so it's not effective. Expand
  17. LiamP.
    Sep 11, 2004
    6
    Wicker Park is a remake of the 1996 French film, L?Appartement. I didn?t see L?Appartement, but I think it?s fair to say the original had to have been much better. Josh Hartnett is Matthew, a photographer turned executive who is engaged to Rebecca (Jessica Pare). Getting a make-or-break assignment in China, he is in a restaurant with his client and fiancée just before heading to Wicker Park is a remake of the 1996 French film, L?Appartement. I didn?t see L?Appartement, but I think it?s fair to say the original had to have been much better. Josh Hartnett is Matthew, a photographer turned executive who is engaged to Rebecca (Jessica Pare). Getting a make-or-break assignment in China, he is in a restaurant with his client and fiancée just before heading to the airport when he thinks he sees Lisa (Diane Krueger)?the love he lost but never really got over. Rather than getting on the plane, Matthew spends the next several days lurking around old haunts to find her. The trail leads to the real jewel of the movie, Alex (Rose Byrne), who is the self-absorbed jilted lover. She truly holds the movie together. That is where the plot makes sense. The rest of the movie is filled with a number of face shots that freeze and fade to a flashback to fill in the gap that the story line seems to miss. Better editing might have made these gaps more seamless and flowing, but for a story that hinges upon character and emotion, there is too little foundation to build a story on. Josh Hartnett depends more on his good looks than his acting ability to portray a character with the depth of heart and character. Anyone willing to give up a marriage and a lucrative, successful career for someone who has been missing for two years cannot be stoic as a chess pawn, but Hartnett seems to do that much pretty well. But matters of the heart don?t always make sense, do they? The film had great potential. Two tangled love triangles including Matthew?s best friend, Luke (Matthew Lillard) who is involved with Alex keep you guessing, but since Alex is trying to get to Matthew and Matthew is trying to find Lisa, but is engaged and the web of relationships is sticky. It did bring the plot to a great dénouement in the end. Wicker Park might have worked better if it didn?t assume a premise without first introducing us to certain character strengths and weaknesses. This ultimately made the conclusion weak. When everything comes together the feeling is one more of acknowledgement than one of those eureka moments. Expand
  18. ChadS.
    Sep 11, 2004
    6
    Yes, the audience needs information, but Alex (Rose Byrne) shouldn't be the engine for "Wicker Park['s]" flashbacks. There's no psychological basis for it. What is she doing? Getting pleasure from the timing of near-misses? Alex doesn't gain anything by rehashing past events, except to bring us up to speed. "Wicker Park", however, is anything but boring, and although Yes, the audience needs information, but Alex (Rose Byrne) shouldn't be the engine for "Wicker Park['s]" flashbacks. There's no psychological basis for it. What is she doing? Getting pleasure from the timing of near-misses? Alex doesn't gain anything by rehashing past events, except to bring us up to speed. "Wicker Park", however, is anything but boring, and although there's a lot to forgive, you will. Towards the end of the film, there's a new revelation or contrivance from scene to scene that's either clever or stupid, and sometimes both. You'll most definitely laugh, but not derisively. The actors, in particular, a very effective Rose Byrne, don't realize they're in a cheesy film, and helps elevate "Wicker Park" to guilty pleasure status. Expand
  19. deanr
    Jan 19, 2005
    1
    Moronic.
  20. ChekaR.
    Feb 1, 2005
    2
    As one who watched the movie on which wiccker park is based on (l'appartement) im extemely disappointed at how hollywood remade the film. wicker park attempts to create a non-linear storyline but in the process spoonfeeds the viewers the way it hints certain events here and there... and the ending? why does it have to be a fairy tale ending? the beauty of the original movie was that As one who watched the movie on which wiccker park is based on (l'appartement) im extemely disappointed at how hollywood remade the film. wicker park attempts to create a non-linear storyline but in the process spoonfeeds the viewers the way it hints certain events here and there... and the ending? why does it have to be a fairy tale ending? the beauty of the original movie was that the character of alice (alex in the remake) perceived max (matthew) as a hypocrite. and alice proved it in the end. in wicker park... such character flaws were omitted... trully disappointing. watch l'appartement instead. Expand
  21. DanC.
    Feb 12, 2005
    7
    Disclosure: I did not see the French original (l'apartement), so this is a review of Wicker Park, not a litany of its shortcomings compared to the original. I found it quite effective and engrossing. Both female leads are very good. Josh Hartnett has a quality that drew me in. The negative reviews seem to focus on the implausible coincidences, but I thought it was well-written and Disclosure: I did not see the French original (l'apartement), so this is a review of Wicker Park, not a litany of its shortcomings compared to the original. I found it quite effective and engrossing. Both female leads are very good. Josh Hartnett has a quality that drew me in. The negative reviews seem to focus on the implausible coincidences, but I thought it was well-written and convincing: the coincidences fit into a coherent whole once certain points were revealed. Overall, much better than the composite score indicates. Worth seeing. Finally, it's set in CHICAGO, my beloved home town. Any film set there is a masterpeice (wink). Expand
  22. MichaelB.
    Feb 20, 2005
    7
    Romance, mystery, or noir thriller? It's hard to tell at first. By the time you can, you will be rooting for these characters. The cast is marvelous, and two of my favorite cities, Chicago and Montreal, look fabulous!
  23. armandos.
    Mar 10, 2005
    5
    Boy, that Josh Hartnett sure is cute. You can't blame him for being obsessed with Helen of Troy, after all her face did launch a thousand ships! This is a thriller that has no bite. Have not seen the French original but it has to be better than this flick. An ok time waster.
  24. RodM.
    Apr 2, 2005
    7
    Lots of twists. Keeps you thinking. Worth watching.
  25. 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.
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. 40
    Instead of building toward a grand romantic climax, it just gets sillier before exploding into a torrent of unintended laughs.
  2. 40
    In the end it doesn't lead to much beyond weepy melodrama. Still, McGuigan draws committed performances from a talented cast.
  3. If Alfred Hitchcock were retarded, lobotomized, and freshly dug up, he might possibly c--- out a movie like this one.