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  • Summary: Intricately moving back and forth in time and revealing the story from each character's perspective, Wicker Park is an intense psychological drama about a man (Hartnett) caught in an obsessive search for a woman he fell deeply in love with -- a woman who then vanished without a trace. (MGM)
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
    As the movie approached the end credits, I cared about what happened to these characters, and that made the coincidences and occasional missteps forgivable.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    60
    Aside from Rose Byrne's complex performance, there's nothing here that improves upon the original.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    10
    The characters’ actions here are goofy, immature, unsettling and at times downright silly.

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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 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. 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 itPros: 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. Expand
  3. RodC.
    Sep 11, 2005
    9
    Crisp, clean and intriguing. Excellent editing work, average acting, excellent script.
  4. 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. Expand
  5. 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. Collapse
  6. LarryS.
    Sep 15, 2005
    5
    [***SPOILER***] Make sure you have at least cup of strong coffee before you watch this one. It
  7. Bernadette
    Mar 18, 2006
    3
    Boring, wondering when it would be over. Could have read a good book instead.

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