The Wicker Man
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A young child has gone missing and it's up to a haunted but determined policeman to travel to the remote island community where she was last seen and solve the lingering mystery of her disappearance in director Neil LaBute's updated reworking of Anthony Shaffer's 1973 cult horror classic. Upon receiving a letter from his one-time fiancée, Willow (Kate Beahan), imploring him to search for her missing daughter on the secluded island of Summersisle, Policeman Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) quickly makes his way to the island to locate the girl and seek an answer as to why Willow suddenly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Neil LaBute's utterly misconceived remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film is a boring, fright-free catastrophe."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The Wicker Man is comically inept as a horror movie, unable to even manage an effective false scare, or sustain suspense for more than a beat or two."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"An exploitative mystery horror film in which Edward Woodward overacts his heart out."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Nicolas Cage gives the worst performance of his career opposite Kate Beahen in this useless update of Robin Hardy's far creepier 1973 original suspense movie based on Anthony Shaffer's novel."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"In the final act of The Wicker Man, when Nicolas Cage has donned a bear suit, you have to wonder just what it is you're watching."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"The '73 film is brilliantly constructed and ends with a punctuation mark that was shocking in its day. LaBute's movie attempts to shock, as well, and does: Given the names involved and the casting of Cage, it is shockingly bad."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The original Wicker Man had its flaws, particularly in the lumpy pacing. LaBute's thoroughly inessential remake not only lovingly reproduces those flaws, it introduces a slew of new ones."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"LaBute has replaced the seduction of the first film with a general sense of bewilderment and loss; it's good for building tension but doesn't fit with the payoff. The plot elements lead where they need to go well enough but don't mix particularly well."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Laughable, awful, and downright ridiculous."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's a troubled strangeness - the uncommon sight of a literate studio film extolling messages most literate audiences can't get behind - that makes the movie's whole presence fascinating."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Despite retaining significant chunks of Shaffer's dialogue to go along with the basic story structure, LaBute has transformed the eerie, disturbing psychological thriller into an unintentional comedy."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The whole thing is transparently a concoction, and so even though the movie holds you, its climax lacks that tingle of madness. All that's burning is some sticks."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"When The Wicker Man offers more laughs than Talladega Nights, it might be a sign for the auteur to switch brands to comedy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...there's just something inherently entertaining about watching [Nicolas Cage] one-up himself every few minutes..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...features an over-the-top leading man utilizing every single tic in his arsenal that has ever been impersonated by a comedian, and doing so seemingly with gleeful abandon and blissful unawareness"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
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