Wicker Park (2004) - Drama, Mystery, Romance

Hohum Score

73

Boring

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.

IMDB: 7
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)

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.

Great mildly suspenseful heart moving movie.

Intriguing movie .

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.

Improbable pretentious junk .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The story line is intriguing.

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

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

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.

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

Too clever = confusing .

The plot is see-through and predictable.

i really enjoyed it.

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.

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.

boring.

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

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

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

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

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.

A stunning hit with a touch of originality.

The movie was too predictable, and lack of entertainment.

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

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

The dialog is dull, stilted, and completely forgettable.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

This might be the worst movie ever.

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

The movie kept me on the edge of my seat!

My wife and I enjoyed it.

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!

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

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

Unbelievably boring 'til the end.

This makes the film a little bit boring.

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

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.

So all in all, the movie bored me.

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

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

The storyline from there onwards is fascinating.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

She is easily quite stunning in her own right.

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.

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

a fascinating surprise .

Intense .

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

Predictable and Boring...

Implausible But Engaging .

It was boring!

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

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

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

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.

A chick flick worth watching!.

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

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

The film with mysteries and unexpected responses in its atmosphere.

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

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

But it's worth watching.

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.

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

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

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

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

Dull, dull, dull .

Compelling...

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

good movie, overall - totally unexpected .

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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).

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

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.

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

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

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

An Engaging Drama .

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

This is the most exciting film about love.

It was extremely predictable and completely mind numbing.

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

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.

I highly recommend it.

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

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

A stunning performance in a brilliant film.

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

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

pointless...

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

Also, it was a gripping film.

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...

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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".

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.

BORING

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

"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.

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

It is unconventional and delightfully devoid of cliché.

What a waste of time.

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

It is also very complicated and exciting film.

Stinker - very slow - not worth $7 .

It has some unexpected twists and is not too predictable.

Such an unexpected gem of a movie.

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

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

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

There are some truly compelling images in the movie.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 is disgusting how predictable these movies have become.

riveting, thoughtful and oh so sweet .

Intense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is really worth watching.

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.

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

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.

Nothing happens!

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

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.

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

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.

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...

all in all this is really worth watching!

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!

*Unbelievably boring 'til the end.

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

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

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

This movie was a big waste of money...

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

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.

Too many flashbacks and a little boring .

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

An intriguing surprise...

Enjoyable, different from ads .

The relationships were so similar, it was intriguing.

The first five minutes bored the hell out of me.

In short, a boring, yawn-inducing mess.

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.

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

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

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

enjoyed it.

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.

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

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.

Serious yet offering mystery and gripping scene.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

An intense film with great acting .

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.

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

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

It gets more confusing.

It is worth watching!

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

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

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.

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.

Which makes the movie predictable just like the rest.

And I mean that - nothing happened.

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

Mediocre & rather confusing .

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