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Detroit Free Press:
Not a movie that inspires you to turn the puzzle over in your head after it's done. More likely, you'll wish you had amnesia.
The whole incoherent mess is sort of like a downbeat Gap ad, only longer and a lot more boring.
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.
Los Angeles Times:
An elegant tale of romantic obsession weighed down by a needlessly convoluted plot that yields far more confusion than psychological suspense.
Feel free to take a leisurely stroll out to the lobby for Swedish fish in the middle of Wicker Park. Missing 10 minutes won't affect your ability to follow this babel in the least.
Features a story so convoluted, audience members should be given a bag of breadcrumbs upon entry, so as to leave a trail through the logic.
Wicker Park is one of those maddening movies in which the characters do incredibly stupid things simply for the sake of plot contrivance, and everyone's problems would be solved if they simply picked up their cell phones.
Wall Street Journal:
Wicker Park is built on such a goofy premise that your average soap-opera scriptwriter would laugh it out of a story meeting.
Ebert & Roeper:
I am giving it thumbs up because of a very attractive cast and they do a wonderful job with what they got.
Wicker Park then doubles back on itself, layering flashback upon flashback, but instead of building toward a grand romantic climax, it just gets sillier before exploding into a torrent of unintended laughs.
A film with more unbelievable coincidences than a Henry Fielding novel, more plot holes than a Swiss cheese and populated with the stock characters of that Hollywood world, that cinematic parallel universe.
The preview audience I saw it with hooted in disbelief at the outrageous bits, then happily dug in to see what would happen next.
The plot contains a few nice surprises, but the movie works most spectacularly as a compendium of idiotic movie behavior.
Dallas Morning News:
Its mood swings jump from erotic thriller to wistful romance, and its final explanatory moments play like a weak comic farce.
This is all hugely unconvincing, especially since the hero already has a fiancee who seems a more alluring prospect than either of her replacements.
A piece of entertainment as tired and throwaway as a discount Harlequin paperback, but it comes sheathed in the flashiest of book covers.
New York Daily News:
The four main characters are all odd, sad and lonely. No wonder they don't call each other on their cells to straighten things out -- they're all too depressed to dial.
New York Times:
Directorial touches can't do much to salvage a project as poorly conceived as this one.
This film is genuinely interested in getting us inside the heads of its three leads (Matthew, Alex, and Lisa). It wants us to understand, although not necessarily sympathize with, all three of them.
Once we understand the principle (if not the details) of the plot, Wicker Park works because the actors invest their scenes with what is, under the circumstances, astonishing emotional realism.
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.
Globe and Mail:
Like eating beans before the opera, you may suffer the embarrassment of unfortunate outbursts at inappropriate moments -- in short, be prepared to laugh in all the wrong places.
Sadly, we never really get the sense that these individuals are at the mercy of their capricious desires, and the absence of that engagement leaves us rather too much time to ponder the plot holes.
All of this was more enjoyable when Bellucci, Cassel and Bohringer were the stars.
A limp and exceedingly uninvolving melodrama about -- gasp! -- a series of unfortunate miscommunications.
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.