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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)



Critic Consensus: Wristcutters: A Love Story sounds like a normal enough indie flick. Boy meets girl. Boy gets separated from girl. Boy goes on a road trip with friends to find girl and gains a new perspective on life. Except everybody's dead.

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Suicide is not the end, but only the beginning of a fascinating journey through the afterlife for souls in search of what they could not find in their previous lives.

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Tom Waits
as Kneller
Will Arnett
as Messiah
Leslie Bibb
as Desiree
Mary Pat Gleason
as Eugene's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Wristcutters: A Love Story

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (37)

It misses the opportunity to examine why a community of people - each of whom has already given up on life - would band together to form a new society of desperate misfits.

February 22, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It is a staggeringly awful road movie, not much enlivened by the presence of Tom Waits as a wizened participant.

November 23, 2007 | Rating: 1/5

The purgatorial premise is pleasingly eccentric but, in the end, Wristcutters falls victim to its washed-out mood, and limps bloodlessly to a close.

November 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Dark subject matter, but Goran Dukic's film is whimsical and determinedly optimistic about life.

November 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Opportunities to comment on the ethical grey areas of suicide are mostly squandered and, as the pointless digressions begin to pile up, your mind begins to drift from the action on screen.

November 22, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Despite being occasionally hilarious, director Goran Dukic should have toned down the wackiness.

November 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Wristcutters: A Love Story

Nazdrovyeh! A triumphant love story to limbo and back again. The world to where suicides are relegated is almost Sartre-esque: mundane activities and conversations, day in, day out. "Hell is other people." However, people can still make friends here, and there are miraculous oases to be found. The bond between Zia and Eugene is rather sweet and bro-tastic. There is no way Patrick Fugit can look not adorable. Raven-haired Shannyn Sossamon is probably the only woman in the world who can make chewing gum with her mouth open look so good. I also dig how the filmmakers cast Sossamon and Leslie Bibb as the present and past love interests because they look so much alike with their angular jaws and thin lips.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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"You don't know what you have until you lose it." A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.

Croatian director Goran Dukic brilliantly writes and directs 'Wristcutters: A Love Story'. Based on Etgar Keret's short story, Dukic derives an original idea about life after suicide. Though many fear that the love story runs the risk of glamourizing suicide, I feel this is an unfair misinterpretation. If anything, it is the contrary which is clearly implied in the end. Dukic successfully shows that suicide is never a solution to anything. Using subtlety as a tool, he creates a specific atmosphere for the land of the dead. The washed out colour, miserable setting and unhappy characters stress on the isolation and misery of the characters. At the same time the dry humour provides some very welcoming comic relief. The music is also carefully selected. Most of the songs were sung by bands who were associated with suicide. The cinematography too works on a subtle level, using different angles, range and perspective. Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossaman do a fine job but I enjoyed Shea Whigham's Eugene the most. He's funny and at the same time one can sense his despair and sadness. Mikal Lazarev too does a wonderful job and in her non-speaking part, Tom Waits is impressive. Familiar faces like Leslie Bibb and Will Arnett also make appearances. Overall Dukic has created an original film, one that is poignant and wonderful and sensibly tackles a relevant issue.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

A quirky and original love story about second chances surviving in the land of the suicidal. Oddly enough this dark comedy is quite cheerful.

Shawn Ewing
Shawn Ewing

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