Moria opens by saying, "The Wicker Man is a unique film that has built a considerable reputation over the years." 1000 Misspent Hours gives it high praise.
Empire Online names it one of the best 100 British films and says,
The Wicker Man isn't scary in a conventional manner and, arguably, is more of a Gothic mystery than a horror movie, but you'd be hard-pushed to find a more disturbing and horrific film experience.DVD Talk says, "The Wicker Man is a good movie with a truly superior script. As a cult item, it's tops; few other marginal cult films even begin to approach its quality" and calls it "one of the better horror films ever made". Roger Ebert's site goes over the various video releases and praises the film. It has a 90% critics rating at Rotten Tomatoes.