Wilson (2017 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCraig Johnson
Written byDaniel Clowes
Based onWilson
by Daniel Clowes
Produced by
CinematographyFrederick Elmes
Edited byPaul Zucker
Music byJon Brion
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • January 22, 2017 (2017-01-22) (Sundance)
  • March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24) (United States)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million[2]
Box office$653,951[3]

Wilson is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Craig Johnson and written by Daniel Clowes, based on Clowes' graphic novel Wilson. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara, Judy Greer, and Cheryl Hines.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2017, and was theatrically released by Fox Searchlight Pictures on March 24, 2017.


A lonely, neurotic and uncomfortably honest middle-aged man (Woody Harrelson) reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and meets his teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) for the first time.



The film rights to Clowes' graphic novel Wilson were originally purchased by Fox Searchlight for Alexander Payne to direct.[4] The movie was filmed at multiple locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area from June to August, 2015.[5] [6]


The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 22.[7] The film was originally set to be released on March 3, 2017,[8] but was pushed back to March 24.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 47% based on 131 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.45/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "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."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 49 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]


  1. ^ "2017 Sundance Film Festival Printable Film Guide" (PDF). Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "Wilson (2017)". The Wrap. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Wilson (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike (November 18, 2010). "'Wilson' Lands At Fox Searchlight With Alexander Payne". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781058/locations
  6. ^ https://www.startribune.com/woody-harrelson-s-wilson-film-shoot-ends-with-wrap-party-at-the-cc-club/320513502/
  7. ^ Patten, Dominic (December 5, 2016). "Sundance 2017: Robert Redford, New Rashida Jones Netflix Series, 'Rebel In The Rye' & More On Premiere, Docu, Midnight & Kids Slates". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Fox Searchlight [@foxsearchlight] (August 3, 2016). "On March 3, 2017 - #WoodyHarrelson is WILSON. Based on the graphic novel by @danielclowes & starring @LauraDern @missjudygreer! #WilsonMovie" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 3, 2016). "Fox Searchlight's Graphic Novel Adaptation 'Wilson' Moves Back Three Weeks". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Wilson (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Wilson reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 15, 2017.

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