Mr. Woodcock 2007

Critics score:
13 / 100

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Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader: Under Craig Gillespie's uninspired direction, the humor eventually settles into stale, familiar pratfalls. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: While two novice screenwriters are officially credited with the script, the movie lurches around like something assembled by committee. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Mr. Woodcock. Funny, right? Mr. Woodcock, Mr. Woodcock, Mr. Woodcock. Gets funnier every time, doesn't it? Read more

Janice Page, Boston Globe: The finished product feels like the unloved child of a bad marriage where the only thing anyone remembers is the sharp edges. Read more

Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune: [A] marginally promising -- but ultimately unfunny -- comedy. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Child abuse: har-dee-har-har. Read more

Adam Graham, Detroit News: Thornton and Sarandon should have their Oscars repossessed, or at least temporarily revoked, for appearing in this insipid comedy. Read more

Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly: In this post-Apatow-the-arrested-development-genius world, it can't compete. The only thing worth watching is Sarandon, popping in from a classier reality. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Poehler, perversely, is so hilarious and has such terrific dialogue that she seems to have been flown in from another, funny movie. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Director Craig Gillespie keeps things moving along at a brisk clip, without doing anything particularly distracting or stylistic. Read more

Steven Boone, Newark Star-Ledger: Mr. Woodcock is often as juvenile and predictable as its title suggests. Yet, this dark comedy about a self-help author plotting revenge on his sadistic former gym coach gets honest laughs because of performances that ring universally true. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: You can guess how it all ends, but getting there is a repetitious parade of put-downs and smackdowns that suggest you can't go home again. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Thornton's straight-faced growl is consistently funny throughout this mild but effective comedy. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: For Woodcock to deliver, the leads needed to amp things up, to bring their A-game, or at least match the effort they've thrown at previous versions of these characters. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: To laugh at parts of this film would indicate one has a streak of Woodcockism in oneself. But to gaze in stupefied fascination is perfectly understandable. Read more

Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle: This film apparently sat around for a few years before being released. It's unlikely to make waves now, but Thornton and Scott do set off a few entertaining ripples. Read more

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Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail: Thornton never cracks a smile... His gloom is infectious. Read more

Susan Walker, Toronto Star: This movie makes a much better case study for aspiring entertainment executives than it does a cinematic experience. What it most emphatically is not is a date movie. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: There's more genuine humor to be gleaned from saying 'Woodcock' over and over again than from watching Mr. Woodcock. Read more

Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice: Woodcock's a strictly flaccid family affair. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Director Craig Gillespie clearly knows a few things; most important: If you have only 95 minutes of material, make an only 95-minute movie. Amazing how often that's forgotten. Read more