The Wicker Man
The Wicker Man (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
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Consensus: Puzzlingly misguided, Neil LaBute's update The Wicker Man struggles against unintentional comedy and fails.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Neil LaBute's utterly misconceived remake of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror film is a boring, fright-free catastrophe.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

Chris Stuckmann

Sometimes a movie hits the rarest of heights, in fact, some may refer to it as a low. A film that's so utterly bad it's actually good.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

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.

Tasha Robinson
AV Club

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.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An exploitative mystery horror film in which Edward Woodward overacts his heart out.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Joshua Starnes

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 17% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This was decent till the end and I was just disapointed in the entire ending.
Edward Boxler
Top Five Reasons to watch The Wicker Man: 1. Nicholas Cage slowly walks up to a woman, never breaking eye contact. He reminded me of Clint Eastwood in The Good,… More
Jack Hawkins
As a horror film, it fails completely, and I mean completely. However, as a piece of comedy, this film is excellent. For instance, there is a… More
Kristijonas Fussman
Although Nicolas Cage tries his hardest to make it work, this movie is ridiculously frustrating to watch and just falls apart mid-way.
David Ladd
Avoided this film for a long time but finally sat down to watch it so here we go. A detective (Nicolas Cage) goes to Summer's Isle to look for a girl named… More
Lady D'arbanville
An updated Hollywood remake of the British Classic film. Whilst it follows in line with the original storyline, some amendments have been made to keep it up to… More