Wilson (2017)

Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 24, 2017
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2017
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Woody Harrelson delivers a solid performance as Wilson's titular grump, but the movie surrounding him can't quite manage to make the character's sour outlook consistently relatable.

Anna Smith
Time Out

The film's bouts of slapstick and sentiment sit slightly oddly with its downbeat tone, but Harrelson is consistently funny.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Woody Harrelson is the only life in this party, a misstep that gives Daniel Clowes' graphic novel the indie-cutesy treatment.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

Wilson, who delivers overdone sarcasm in a slightly Fozzie Bear voice, is a well-imagined creation. His place in the film's plot, however, is generic: he's a grouch warmed up by the discovery that he has a teenage daughter.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

A few good cameos from David Warshofsky, as a prickly old friend of Wilson's, and Margo Martindale, as a date gone wrong, grace the torpid landscape. But it should all be sharper and funnier than it is.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

You'll want to spend time with "Wilson." Even if nobody else does.

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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

Despite the mordant humour and the full-throttle chaos of Harrelson's performance, we struggle to connect with any emotional truth here.

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Susan Wloszczyna

The plot opts for cop-out sentimentality and begins to melt into goo.

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Johanna Schneller
Globe and Mail

Perhaps I've seen one too many movies in which men who need to grow up have to wreak havoc on other people's lives to do it. And this is that one too many.

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Rich Cline

Woody Harrelson pours plenty of energy, humour and emotion into the title role, but it's difficult to identify with this optimistic curmudgeon. Still, quite a few moments are genuinely hilarious.

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