Wakefield (2017)

In Robin Swicord's adaptation of E.L. Doctorow's short story, successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 19, 2017
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2017
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to a committed, powerhouse performance by Bryan Cranston, Wakefield is a fascinating character study of a decidedly unpleasant character.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Uneventful and dull to look at, the film adapts a short story by E.L. Doctorow that probably should have stayed on the page.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

What a fine performance by Jennifer Garner, playing a character we see almost totally through the filter of her husband's viewpoint.

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Robert Denerstein
Denerstein Unleashed

The experiment proves only partially successful, perhaps because it's difficult not to be a little too aware of the pitfalls such a solipsistic story faces and the strategies Swicord uses to overcome them.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cranston cranks his performance up to 11, enamored of his own work and incapable of hitting the brakes. And yet he never brings his character's conflicting motives to life.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Working from her own screenplay, director Robin Swicord delivers a film that balances wry humor and sly introspection.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Cranston is excellent in the central role, with Garner (who deserves a more vibrant career) offering solid support.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

It isn't the dull midlife crisis movie it initially presents itself as. But it also doesn't do enough to lurch into more nightmarish territory.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Thanks to another terrific Cranston performance, we hang in there.

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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

Wakefield illustrates what white privilege is all about - the ability to step out of one's own life, abdicate responsibility, and still one's loved ones are OK, their safety, livelihoods, and overall quality of life remains intact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Ian Walker
Once again another great performance from Bryan Cranston. His character is not entirely pleasant and that keeps you watching. This is kind of a modern day… More