Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, the writer and director of the 12th Dogme 95 film, 2000's critically acclaimed Italian for Beginners, presents this comedy drama starring Jamie Sives and Adrian Rawlins as brothers Wilbur and Harbour. When their mother died early in their lives, it became up to Harbour to keep tabs on Wilbur, the younger and chronically depressed of the two siblings. Now in their thirties, their father has passed away, leaving them to take over the family's used book store. It is there that they encounter Alice (Shirley Henderson), a hospital janitor who sells the books… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pretty enjoyable."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Unexpected plot twists keep us interested."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"A nice little love triangle drama-comedy about suicide and bookstores."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Scherfig presents the message with a creative flair that will appeal to indie film lovers who appreciate well drawn characters"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Although at times too low-key, Wilbur is a humorous and strangely uplifting film about death and dying."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Scherfig shows a flair for comic melancholy ... as well as eccentric characters like Wilbur, who initially comes across as off-putting and self-obsessed, but later becomes, if not exactly warm, at least sympathetic."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Worth seeing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"...the kind of picture one is more inclined to admire than embrace"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Feels schematic, contrived and less genuine."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"More plainly dreary than morosely captivating... a movie that seems rather irresolute about exactly what sort of feelings it's hypothetically meant to be conjuring up."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Wilbur has the ability to suck you in, to make you cheer on the strangest of indulgent families."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Though Scherfig is still partially enrolled in the Dogme school, her movie finds a happy balance with its equally adept eye for wide-screen composition and the raw complexity of real human emotion."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Lone Scherfig has masterfully combined rather dark, serious topics with a little humor and a lot of humanity."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Wilbur is less about adherence to cinematic restrictions than it is about characters, and Scherfig was able to coax subtle, comic performances from her actors."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"It's certain parts of the film that I enjoy rather than the film as a whole."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
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