The Wendell Baker Story
The Wendell Baker Story (2005)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Wendell Baker Story is a lackadaisical comedy of quirky characters and situations, but ultimately the lazy narrative bores instead of charms.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Though the first Wilson brothers' effort, Bottle Rocket, is far superior, the trio of brothers working together creates a light and enjoyable comic romp.

Heather Huntington

I haven't seen this many old coots getting up to no good since Cocoon.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Wilson bros' uneven comedy has dark undertones.

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out

Here's something satisfying: '70s-cinema fetishism with the courage of its convictions.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

just a shaggy dog story dressed up in cowboy boots and a cool belt.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
I was UNlucky enough to catch this pile of dreck in a small, independant theatre. Easily one of the years worst films!
William Goss
Thoroughly amiable effort by the Wilson clan.
Joseph Eastmond
Don't get all pissed off cause I am about to say" rock"!~
Jason Reneau
The cast in this movie is probably one of my favorite casts I've seen in awhile. Luke, and Owen Wilson star alongside Eddie Griffin, and Eva Mendes.… More
Philip Price
Luke Wilson tried-thats the best I can say-Owen had nothing to do, neither did Eva- and Will did what he could. Eddie Griffin was kind of pointless and even… More
Haley Anderson
You know, I REALLY wanted to like this movie, but just couldn't. The acting is fair and the story just doesn't cut it. For a film having Luke Wilson,… More