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: May 25, 2017
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

To her credit, Swicord clearly made the film she wanted to make, but "Wakefield" stays stuck in one gear.

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Ella Taylor

Swicord ... both respects the material and neatly corrals it for her own purposes.

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Brian Orndorf

"Wakefield" creates an intriguing balance of comedy and darkness to support the actor, examining identity and responsibility with this atypical tale of male escape.

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Glenn Kenny

Wakefield is kind of a wonder.

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Ariel Scotti
New York Daily News

Wakefield is selfish and cunning, competitive and controlling. He's also unmistakably human and, surprisingly, totally relatable whether you'll admit it or not.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Wakefield is a must-see for fans of Bryan Cranston.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It's to Cranston's great credit that he's able to keep us watching this shallow, self-deceiving egotist. It's the film's fatal failing that we're never sure why.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The film, scrupulously faithful to its source, is decidedly literary, but not in an especially satisfying way.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[T]he source material by E.L. Doctorow, writer-director Robin Swicord's deft adaptation of the short story and her intimate direction of Cranston make you not to even notice the [near two hour] time.

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