Wicker Park (2004) - Drama, Mystery, Romance

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A young Chicago advertising executive believes a woman he sees in a café is his long-lost love. His belief leads to obsession, as he puts his life on hold in order to trail her.

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger
Length: 114 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 56 out of 298 found boring (18.79%)

One-line Reviews (242)

I don't think anybody would start working on a film thinking: 'hey, let's make something stupid, boring and fundamentally flawed'.

This movie had a good premise but the beginning was to slow and to confusing and just couldn't make you care.

i was on the edge of my seat until the end, to be honest id had a couple of glasses of wine and as i am anyway quite an emotional person, i was rather teary eyed by the end.

It gives the impression of being all arty and smart but in fact, it will bore the crap out of you.

A chick flick worth watching!.

This is one of those movies that is unlike anything you have seen before, and I'm a big fan of the unpredictable, even when simple.

This film's tempo is slow to a crawl, when you pretty much guess what's going to happen next, the Director tosses around flashbacks to explain the silly way everyone acts in this movie, this makes the story unnecessarily long and tedious to watch, a 30 minute short film would have served the story in a much more respectful manner for the audience and more than enough to convey the general premise.

I suppose it isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, an 'action' movie but there's enough camera work to keep it fast paced.

Basically it was a pretty predictable movie, but was shot well and was entertaining.

It's a little hard to follow, this is not a movie you can breeze through, and it does require concentration to fully appreciate it.

Suddenly, the movie starts morphing into Fatal Attraction - so naturally I expect a suspenseful or violent conclusion.

It's at the same time funny, suspenseful and romantic (actually the love story between Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger is one of the most touching i have ever seen on screen).

The movie kept me on the edge of my seat!

And in the end it was all so simple and uninteresting...

Love drives some people to do crazy, insane things in Scottish director Paul McGuigan's new movie "Wicker Park," a confusing, often exasperating, flashback-within-a-flashback, pseudo- erotic thriller about relationships that relies heavily on mistaken identities, improbable coincidences, and unrequited romance.

A person who watch the film can have the three feeling first part s/he can bored, after a little time passes s/he can feel gripping, and the final part s/he can really love this film.

A stunning hit with a touch of originality.

In short, a boring, yawn-inducing mess.

It also has a certain arty appeal (to me anyways), the filming is done in a way that it's compelling to watch.

enjoyed it.

She is easily quite stunning in her own right.

Once again, we have a movie that is more exciting in its basic ideas than satisfying in its execution.

The extra explanation to his rich-girlfriend make him looked weaker than ever and is a waste of time.

The movie is too contrived and in trying to surprise the viewer, it makes the movie quite clichéd.

It is also very complicated and exciting film.

I especially felt that Rose Byrne's (Alex) performance was very deep and compelling.

And I mean that - nothing happened.


The DVD of L'APPARTEMENT is readily available and is one of the most exciting mystery films ever made in Europe, rivalling Hitchcock's VERTIGO (1958) and indeed partially derived from it, even to the extent of having similar theme music as a conscious act of homage.

Rose Byrne, a more interesting Troy alum (she was the feisty Berseis), is, er, interesting as Alex, and Matthew Lillard is engaging if a bit old as Mathew's best buddy Luke.

I found this film so tedious that I was unable to watch the end and changed channels 3 minutes before the closing credits fidgety and cross at having wasted my time.

This movie invoked a lot of emotions from me & I was on the edge of my seat cheering him on & even though I am VERY against cheating, I was so annoyed by his fiancé who popped up in the dramatic scene in the airport & was telling her to go away!


You have to make it past the first 20 minutes or so, which just feel like a slow, boring, badly acted movie.

*Unbelievably boring 'til the end.

The storyline from there onwards is fascinating.

i really enjoyed it.

But, overall, it's a fun and intriguing story, certainly not your typical, run-of-the-mill standard plot.

It is worth watching!

I have to say that no one walked out on the movie so I guess we were all a bit intrigued to see where this slow mover would take us.

The way the film progresses, reflects the disjointed mind of the main protagonists as some sort of misfortune seems to keep the two main lovers apart whilst a second romance continuously fails to materialize.

Wicker Parker has some suspense, surprises, drama, romance, and good performances by the cast who make this movie worth watching at least once.

with flashbacks and character intro and perspectives on certain situation during the movie was quite interesting to see, plus how the story unravel very much satisfied me as it was totally unexpected...

riveting, thoughtful and oh so sweet .

I really thought it was fascinating that one man is obsessed with a woman, while another woman is obsessed with him altogether.

Stinker - very slow - not worth $7 .

And while some people might think the ending is the cliché of all clichés, I thought that, emotionally, it was absolutely right and the only possible way to end the film.

Overall, pretty entertaining for a couple on a nice little date...

Intriguing movie .

There are some truly compelling images in the movie.

Predictable and Boring...

I also watched this film not knowing much about it and not knowing what to expect, what i got was an entertaining romantic thriller.

Director Paul McGuigan is certainly intriguing in his methods here; choosing to tell the story in a half-Memento-esquire enigma, veering back and forth between flashbacks and the present day.

From start to finish, this was a highly contrived exercise in film style more than a thoughtful character study or romantic drama.

If you look for something entertaining on a higher level, maybe on a cold Winter's evening, that's your movie.

This was one of the WORST movies I have seen!!!

The film with mysteries and unexpected responses in its atmosphere.

good movie, overall - totally unexpected .

The story line is intriguing.

I dare say this is one of the most enjoyable movies I've watched.

I just saw this movie on cable yesterday during my traditional "its New Years day and lets watch the worst movies on HBO that you can stand" day.

Unfortunately, I could not keep track of how many people walked out behind me.

It is one of those non-violent, but yet thrilling film that makes this one quite unusual and entertaining.

Great mildly suspenseful heart moving movie.

Make sure to bring a blankie and a pillow tho cuz in the first hour you will probably fall asleep.

My wife and I enjoyed it.

Whoa, this is THE worst movie I've seen in a looooong time.

The movie is confusing throughout the first half, and then they quickly give a rundown of the little things you missed in the first half at the end.

It was so slow and there were so many flashbacks (not confusing though) that I just wanted to scream "get on with it!

However the movie is slow in the starting scenes, it gets your attention with its great screenshots.

The movie was too predictable, and lack of entertainment.

It is really worth watching.

But it's worth watching.

Implausible But Engaging .

Matthew Lillard was much more enjoyable playing Scooby-Doo's buddy Shaggy than passing as the movie Matthew's hapless friend.

This makes the film a little bit boring.

Rose Byrne, a more interesting Troy alum, is, er, interesting as Alex, and Matthew Lillard is engaging if a bit old as Mathew's best buddy Luke.

It was boring, took forever and I couldn't believe it ever left the cutting room this way.. I don't usually like people trashing movies when reviewing them because that seems really mean to all those who contributed to the process.

In the beginning it seemed like an ordinary movie to me, a little boring even.

The ending of the movie may be regarded as cliché, which I would agree with.

The story simply goes forever and scene by scene it becomes so confusing that a viewer gets lost very easily.


The story is fascinating and surely will keep you hooked until the very end.

The acting is convincing and the storyline compelling, and Cliff Martinez's music is perfect for the feel of the film.

It was extremely predictable and completely mind numbing.

Elements of obsession and confusion weave their way into the plot line, while the movie maneuvers through a series of plot twists.

The last movie I had to think of was "Vanilla Sky", with its similar confusion about two different girls.

It is unconventional and delightfully devoid of cliché.

The film jumps between past and present, showing the important scenes from the perspective of Matt and somebody else, painting an intriguing story about the love and obsession.

It has a very intriguing plot, and the flashback presentation works very, very well.

Just a forewarning to those who might want to turn this movie off after it's slow start--Don't!

Spare yourself the boredom - I really did not like anything about this movie other than the lovely light and camera work....

As I am no romantic films fan, I was disappointed by the slow pace, as well as by the acting.

Dull, dull, dull .

It would at times get confusing and it was hard to pick up from an event right after a flashback.

the passion is intense and can be felt on every scene, you just feel it as you look closely into the characters that the artist have made themselves of.

I kept expecting something really disturbing to fulfill the idea of this being a thriller, and nothing happened.

Misunderstandings, coincidences and deception all play their parts in what takes place and its neat twists add enormously to the enjoyment of watching this rather intense and often unpredictable drama.

So all in all, the movie bored me.

The dialog is dull, stilted, and completely forgettable.

In the beginning it was slow and I was wondering if the story was going anywhere.

It is a romantic drama, and a long and slow moving one at that.

It is easily the worst movie that i have watched this year I would not recommend it to anyone.

Serious yet offering mystery and gripping scene.

This movie is really worth watching.

The voice reminds Matthew of the girlfriend he hasn't been able to banish from his memories, Lisa (Diane Kruger), who inexplicably walked out on him.

But then it changed into very good detective story so thrilling that I had to remind myself to breathe.

The thriller is mind blowing and would be a tragedy not to watch.

But I liked the unexpected twist, like for the first hour I totally thought cynically about Alex, so I was happy I was totally wrong.

There's a lot going on and the slow slow quick quick action really made it wonderful to see how life really happens.

First 45 minutes of Wicker park I was forcing myself into looking at the TV because I found it very boring...

Wicker Park tells a story of love, obsession, confusion, betrayal, turmoil and the human heart.

a fascinating surprise .

For a love story, the movie is a little boring.


He is in virtually every minute of this film and he is like watching paint dry.

Every time you thought everything would work out, something random would happen and we-the audience, would be back, leaning in the chair, waiting for the next exciting scene.

It was only one heel broken but even it didn't hurt too much;) And as somebody told, after first half hour someone could begin to wonder what the heck is so cool in this boring "Lovestory".

Too many flashbacks and a little boring .

This movie tries very hard to be suspenseful, dramatic, and/or mysterious.

at the first 45 minutes, I don't know where the movie will take me, but after that this movie really enjoyable and makes me sit in front of TV until the end of movie, i never saw a perfect movie like this.

Whicker park started off pretty slow, but as the film progressed the twists and turns just got more numerous and intriguing.

His bland, monotone performance had a lot to do with lessening my enjoyment of this film.

Oh My GOD - what a waste of 90 minutes of my life...

Overall I give it a 9 out of 10 despite some of its shortcomings because personally, I just really, really enjoyed it.

But one of my problems is that the director tried to make everything just a little too artsy, and it was obvious he was patting himself on the back after every "artistic" use of slow motion and rotating cameras.

" because the filmmakers were obviously going for an avant-garde feel by making the movie a disjointed mess.

Engaging drama/thriller about loss and the possibility of moving on .

This made for a much more complicated and intense relationship between all of the main characters.

Few plots have seemed more contrived and less realistic than this one.

if you want to see something exciting, i suggest you watch paint dry rather than endure this "movie" (again i use this term loosely).

This film ends up being predictable, downright silly and boring...

This movie began slow, drug on for what seemed like hours, and had me more confused than I have been in a looooong time!

If they dragged the story line out any longer, I'd have had to throw myself off the balcony of the theater.

The airport scene,was wonderful it kept you on the edge of your seats,as you wait..will they find each other or will they lose each other again, and yes he looks at her with his boyish yummy looks and touches her face...

This American copy of L'Appartement (from 1995) is as slow as it gets, when Americans copy a brilliant European or Asian movie.

This is a part tailored to his tortured looks and he conveys the anguish and confusion of his character very well.

Other than that, however, "Wicker Park" is a very good movie: visually hypnotic, emotionally compelling, and intellectually challenging.

The plot is see-through and predictable.

The movie is a one-of-a kind romance that people may find confusing due to how the narrative of the story is being told through flashbacks and in a non-linear fashion.

I especially felt that Rose Byrne's (Alex) performance was very deep and compelling.

It has romance, thrilling and emotional moments, eye Candy (for guys and girls no less).

If you're not paying attention, then it can be confusing at first.

This movie reminded me of Hitchcock's "Vertigo", because of the confusing sequence of scenes.

First of all, with all due respect, Diane Kruger is utterly forgettable and bland.

This is a compelling, intricate and clever film, and I thoroughly recommend it.

He's an appealing mixture here of burgeoning suavity à la Peck and puppy-dog confusion à la Perkins.

Most reviews, unsurprisingly, focus on the fact that the film is an English language remake of L'Appartement which was certainly a very stylish, highly original and entertaining thriller.

Josh Harnet is a very good looking male, but he never seems to be able to capture an audience, as I saw this film specifically for him and found the plot pretty engaging the the two female leads far superior to him.

This may be my new "worst movie ever", and I don't take that title lightly.

I found it predictable; and it insulted the audience with VERY heavy-handed symbolism and repeating images to make sure you got the connections, removing all guesswork.

The direction was interesting, the acting passable, the script absorbing.

First of all, I though that this drama will be boring (like most of them).

The unpredictable plot, witch controls the audience 100% and gives in one step at a time, together with the (in) credible acting produces an extraordinary feeling.

Good actors, and an even better story makes Wicker Park a most enjoyable movie.

This is the most exciting film about love.

Either the movie moves very slow and never picks up the pace, or I simply just can't relate to the movie.

Tiresome and tedious at best with its inevitable sappy ending, "Wicker Park" qualifies as a substandard soap opera.

And unfortunately, this fairly interesting cast is unable to rise above the banal script and plot implausibilities.

Sometimes there is exciting parts in movie, sometimes upsetting parts.

It's really confusing and although it somewhat comes together at the end, the plot holes are enough to drive a truck through.


This is a confusing movie, and even though most of it makes sense by the end of the film, some things are just left as dead ends.

And it seemed more believable and intriguing too thanks to the wonderful acting of Belucci and Cassel.

Anyway It doesn't matter, this should be done to make the film exciting.

It is disgusting how predictable these movies have become.

It came out very cheesy and sentimental, rather than suspenseful.

It has some unexpected twists and is not too predictable.

But the movie starts a little bit slow and at the ending everything becomes so complicated and so fast.

An intense film with great acting .

I really love this movie, because it's really enjoyable.

It gets more confusing.

It was filmed uniquely but in the most entertaining way possible.

Enjoyable, different from ads .

I have to admit, I typically fall asleep watching chick flicks because they typically don't keep my attention.

The film was done decently, the direction was not bad, but it appeared confusing at times, with the cluttered script, thus the atmosphere was not anything special, though it should have been.

In conclusion, don't waste your money on this Film.

This movie is one of the amazing movie and has unexpected ending.

Although the story may seem to be an implausible events with too many contrivances,the movie can be both absorbing and engaging despite the premise of the script.

The most entertaining movie i've watched this year is most definitely this one it actually keeped me guessing up till the end.

all in all this is really worth watching!

Mediocre & rather confusing .

The difficult labyrinthine nature for which the plot is told could frustrate some, but I found the direction rather compelling in how Byrne, in particular, unfolds before us as a bone of contention against Hartnett and Krueger.

An Engaging Drama .

They could've just left his name out of the movie, but in the typical Memento fashion (though botched here), they left it open-ended and confusing as hell.

If you really want to make a suspenseful movie, make sure the audience finds out what's going on at the same time as the main character, not way before.

This movie is nothing extremely special, but it is entertaining and will leave you guessing from start to very end.

It's full of complexities and though aspects of the film are confusing and there are many plot contrivances that wouldn't happen unless they were happening in a movie, it's still a really good movie and a must see.

This movie was a big waste of money...

One actually cares about the characters and the intriguing story which is told partially in flashback, unlike the French film where the characters all seemed to be Jerks.

Which makes the movie predictable just like the rest.

It's a waste of money, and i don't understand how this director gets credit.

It was suspenseful, even "gripping", with a touching and romantic plot.

The beginning is quite confusing and failed to maintain my interest.

I saw this movie and thought it really was a waste of money.

The first five minutes bored the hell out of me.

It was very fantastic and this movie of course is worth watching.

I was expecting a film that would follow the cliché's....

What a waste of time.

I'm not saying the way the flashbacks are done are totally smooth or the best in cinema- but they didn't affect my enjoyment, despite momentary confusion!

He's an appealing mixture here of burgeoning suavity à la Peck and puppy-dog confusion à la Perkins.

I highly recommend it.

The beginning makes you think; the end leaves you empty.

I have read several reviews that say this movie is just too confusing to understand and/or enjoy.

An intriguing surprise...

this movie is long, boring, pointless, i could go on.

The first hour of this film is completely dull and several people sitting in front of me walked out.

2 scenes with him in particular that moved me: the ending scene, and the scene where he stares into an empty wall(into the camera) after Lisa's left him.

It was a really enjoyable movie although starting out, I wouldn't have guessed.

I heard Wicker Park was a really good movie so i decided to rent it and at first when i began to watch, i was confused and more or less frustrated, but as the movie began to continue and i began to pick up on little clues and things began to fall together i was on the edge of my seat!

There was a scene near the end, when he goes to meet Lisa at the park, and you're so sure this is it, the movie is only a drawn out diatribe on the pointless futility of romance - and soul mates.. finding true love...

Intense .

Having him standing outside in the snow looking up at her in the window with Hartnett therefore was a waste of screen time, as it led to nothing, whereas in the French original it has catastrophic consequences, and the lover's psychopathic jealousy is an integral part of the story.

Although it was not entirely as I had expected, it was still an engaging and interesting film.

The relationships were so similar, it was intriguing.

Too clever = confusing .

The plot was very very predictable not to mention extremely slow in getting to the point, of which EVERYONE could guess, and waited more than necessary to get to.

Nothing happens!

I am not against nudity, but it was totally pointless in the movie from my point of view.

8 out of 10Wicker Park was definitely enjoyable for me.

It was boring!

I found the story fascinating, the look stylish, and the music haunting.

Such an unexpected gem of a movie.

"Wicker Park" is an absorbing romantic mystery about lost love, obsession and tangled relationships and the puzzle at the heart of its convoluted story is made more interesting by its non-linear narrative.

Josh Hartnett was a big bore as the main character as was Diane Kruger who played his leading lady.

And here I had the idea that the screenwriter and director were intentionally playing it real crafty, particularly with an excess of flashbacks, to the point that it got very confusing, particularly in the first half of the film.

It reminded me a bit of "Lost in Translation" or "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind": quiet, enjoyable, romantic, intelligent, one of those films that keeps you thinking for some time after having left the theater.

Also, it was a gripping film.

A stunning performance in a brilliant film.

The movie trailer a few months back really made this movie sound like a thriller, very suspenseful.

Improbable pretentious junk .

Unbelievably boring 'til the end.

You're on the edge of your seat the whole time even though some thing are pretty obvious.

The premise of obsession and a missing person is certainly compelling and fans of such films deserve not to have their intelligence insulted.

Nevertless, they are easily forgiven for the sake of entertaining.

This might be the worst movie ever.

It's an endless circle, pointless, with a good intention that does not make for a good movie experience.

Editing was often confusing and seemed to attempt thriller, suspenseful shots when they were not actually warranted.

The girls are mildly hot, the acting is very poor, and there is no plot.

I want to compare the film with "The Butterfly Effect", but not because of the confused time-lines and unpredictable story.

This is one of those contrived films where the actors stumble towards an endless series of highly improbable situations and where the real tension lies with the viewer wondering how long it will be before he pulls his hair out with frustration.

I expected another tasteless conveyor belt romantic comedy and was braced to stand one hour or two of complete boredom.