The Wendell Baker Story
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The Wendell Baker Story
Owen, Luke, and Andrew Wilson combine their fraternal filmmaking talents to tell the character-driven tale of a small-time con man who gets a fortuitous shot at redemption while working in a run down retirement community. Wendell Baker (Luke Wilson) is a con man whose large heart betrays his criminal mind. Confident to a fault and consistently cool-headed, Baker is the kind of grifter who's always quick with a comeback and never lets the law get in the way of making a quick buck. When Wendell is busted for selling counterfeit Texas driver's licenses to undocumented Mexican migrant… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Given Luke Wilson's affability, it's also irresistibly charming. You may not buy the film's plot, but you'll invest in him as a man whose heart is always in the right place."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Though the first Wilson brothers' effort, Bottle Rocket, is far superior, the trio of brothers working together creates a light and enjoyable comic romp."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"I haven't seen this many old coots getting up to no good since Cocoon."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"This isn't anything to write home about, but is pleasant enough. I"
‑ Eric Lurio, Entertainment Insiders
"I hate to sound like a disappointed parent, but I expected more from Luke Wilson."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"I think it's one of the worst movies of the year. I think it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Wendell Baker isn't perfect. The slacker humor grows cloying at times. Still, there's an undeniable charm to the Texas tale as it celebrates nonconformity and redemption."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"Wilson bros' uneven comedy has dark undertones."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"There's a reason this film sat on the shelf for over two years, it's wildly uneven in spots, but there's also moments where you can see that there's a good idea and film trying to get out."
‑ Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
"Despite a terribly conceived coda, Luke and his brothers have mostly succeeded, thanks in large part to sharp dialogue, a solid vintage soundtrack and some great older actors from the heyday of American cinema."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Here's something satisfying: '70s-cinema fetishism with the courage of its convictions."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"Though the Wilsons are no threat to the Coens as filmmakers, The Wendell Baker Story is still a pleasingly human-scaled alternative to the big, soulless Hollywood blockbusters."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"just a shaggy dog story dressed up in cowboy boots and a cool belt."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"That they've assembled a first-rate cast made up of veteran character actors and contemporary comedy stars to pursue this agenda makes The Wendell Baker Story all the more effective."
‑ Jim Hemphill, Reel.com
"Wendell Baker doesn't particularly cotton to outsized ambitions. Check your expectations at the door, and you might enjoy yourself."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
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