75

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Exists as a seldom represented American time capsule, and it's all good.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A genial story of friendship among three young African-American men that gets far on charm even when the cinema technique falters and stalls.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Feels a little uncertain, as if it's moving from present to past under the demands of a screenplay rather than because it really feels that way. But the growing-up stuff is kind of wonderful.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
It's an engaging recollection that's more sweet than bittersweet, tempered by an eagerness to please that pulls us into its remembrances of things past.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Tilting between a teen sex comedy and a more sensitive tale about male bonding, The Wood is too anxious to please to quite make up its mind what it is.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A pleasant but relatively inconsequential movie.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It's an amiable, middle-class coming of age story, soft and sweet and ultimately a bit inconsequential.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
The picture, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, becomes a juggling act, contrasting the efforts of the three grown-up buddies to get to a wedding on time, with flashbacks of their youth.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Barbara Shulgasser
Nostalgia has no real point to make here. All that Famuyiwa can hope to accomplish is to tell his story well. In this area he is less than competent.
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30

Film Threat

Unfortunately for Epps, Diggs and Jones -- three capable actors -- the disjointed direction of the material robs them of any dimension and forces them to play tail-chassing caricatures.
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52 out of 100
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