Bruce Fretts
May 23, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wilder

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Pam Grier, Rutger Hauer
director
Rodney Gibbons

We gave it a D

Grier’s latest failure to capitalize on her Jackie Brown comeback casts her as Della Wilder, a maverick Chicago cop (is there any other kind in bad movies?) who suspects a charming OB-GYN (Hauer, a long way from Blade Runner) may be a serial strangler. Back in the day, Grier kicked serious butt in blaxploitation kitsch classics like Foxy Brown, but the superbland Wilder packs surprisingly little punch. It’d have been a lot better if it had lived up to its title.

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