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This Wilson is sweet and pleasant and occasionally riotously funny. But it's still the simplified version of a much more complicated work of art.
Even as the screenplay (which Clowes adapted) contains much of the source material's pitch-black humor, it also falls short of realizing its subtle vision of an angry recluse learning to make peace with his surroundings.
It's a gamble, building a comedy around a character this boorish.
Despite [Harrelson's] commitment to a lack of civility, there's a darker film lying in the cynical heart of Wilson, one that gets squandered by its mawkish aesthetic and lack of interest in exploring these characters beyond their crudeness.
In Wilson, Daniel Clowes' voice, which was once acerbically hip, sounds dated.
Unfortunately, a glib superficiality hangs heavy over the narrative. Rather than really explore these lost and angry souls who feel destined to be despondent, Wilson settles for simplistic quirkiness, which makes the characters merely bland misanthropic types instead of fleshed-out individuals.
Despite its appealing performers and some tasty comic moments, Wilson overestimates our affection for a grating antihero only mildly warmed by Harrelson's ambling charm.
As things go bad for Wilson, the movie, unfortunately, loses a considerable amount of steam as well.
Slant Magazine
Wilson lurches jarringly from poignant melancholy to cartoonish slapstick, unable to settle on a consistent tone.
Inevitably, his generic disgruntlement will soften: Amerindie dyspeptic-comedy formula dictates that the man who rants two times too many against the addiction to phones and the internet will, by film's end, have a heart-stirring video chat.

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