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Wilson Reviews

June 9, 2017
It struggles to fill the big screen, either emotionally or visually, and after a while Harrelson's say-it-as-it-is persona becomes irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 7, 2017
Director Craig Johnson (who also dealt with middle aged angst in his previous film, The Skeleton Twins) has a nicely matter of fact way of showing Wilson's tribulations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2017
A charming performance from Harrelson keeps the disparate elements nicely congealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2017
The film's bouts of slapstick and sentiment sit slightly oddly with its downbeat tone, but Harrelson is consistently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 24, 2017
[Wilson has] many funny lines and a cast full of first-rate character actors such as Margo Martindale and Judy Greer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 24, 2017
A few good cameos from David Warshofsky, as a prickly old friend of Wilson's, and Margo Martindale, as a date gone wrong, grace the torpid landscape. But it should all be sharper and funnier than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 24, 2017
The plot opts for cop-out sentimentality and begins to melt into goo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2017
Woody Harrelson is the only life in this party, a misstep that gives Daniel Clowes' graphic novel the indie-cutesy treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2017
You'll want to spend time with "Wilson." Even if nobody else does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2017
Perhaps I've seen one too many movies in which men who need to grow up have to wreak havoc on other people's lives to do it. And this is that one too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2017
Like Wilson himself, the movie is a bit of a throwback, out-of-step with the times, but whimsical in its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 23, 2017
A fractured, heartsick, funny adventure in mundane misery.
Top Critic
March 23, 2017
Harrelson is as engaging as the man's personality allows. But Wilson struggles with tone, shifting from monotonously bleak to predictably satirical to improbably sanguine.
March 23, 2017
Craig Johnson, coming to this project from his indie success The Skeleton Twins, can't find the heart in this fractured, disappointed family.
March 23, 2017
Johnson, who made the similarly harsh-yet-humorous "The Skeleton Twins," has the good sense to know that with the right actor in the right role, directing is sometimes as straightforward as pointing the camera and getting out of the way.
March 23, 2017
Clowes turned ink into flesh and blood for his 2001 screenwriting debut Ghost World. He seems to have lost the knack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2017
One of those films where the whole is not quite as good as the parts. There are plenty of laughs and fun characters to keep us engaged, but they don't add up to an emotionally satisfying story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2017
There's a story here, all right, but it's a heartless and bitter one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2017
I didn't want to hug it. But I can give it a nice pat on the back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 23, 2017
Johnson overemphasizes the comedy and strains for the sentimental connection. Character motivations, or lack thereof, trip up the action in a way they did not in the graphic novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2017
"Wilson" isn't a bad film, but it could have used less melodrama and a lot more insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2017
In the end, it's hard not to feel for Wilson as Harrelson plays him.
March 23, 2017
You get the feeling there must be a far better version of it on the floor of some editing room in L.A.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 23, 2017
The dark, comic poignancy of the book is drowned in garish, self-conscious whimsy, and the work of a talented ensemble is squandered on awkward heartstring snatching.
March 23, 2017
The bigger the events the less organic they seem. The movie is really a character study masquerading as a series of plot devices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2017
Woody Harrelson does what he can with the lead role in Wilson, but as movie characters go, his Wilson finishes a distant runner up to the volleyball in Castaway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2017
Here's the most consuming question: Can you see a part of yourself in Wilson? I can.
March 20, 2017
The latest iteration of the redeemed-curmudgeon comedy ... whose dull-witted misanthropy, fatiguing from first minute to last, will, for some viewers, further confirm their misandry.
January 30, 2017
"Wilson" has much of the same everything-sucks humor that gave Clowes' "Ghost World" such sardonic punch 15 years ago, and Harrelson has a ball delivering insults with that goofy grin on his face.
Top Critic
January 25, 2017
Harrelson, with his goofball stoner energy, can't help but bring a certain gregarious charm to the role, even when, say, casually insulting a date or shouting obscenities at people on the street.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 25, 2017
Tackling this material was a tricky proposition, but the movie pulls off some endearing qualities thanks to director Craig Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 23, 2017
Boasts some funny vignettes but fails in the crucial test of making us care much about the title character.
January 22, 2017
Harrelson brings his wide-awake edge to this performance, yet "Wilson" is a soft-headed comedy.