Wonder Boys Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Given the Weinsteins' genius for Oscar-gathering, don't be surprised if Michael Douglas bags Best Actor come March 2001... Recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This is an amusing, though ultimately unsatisfying, film.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A mid-winter delight -- wry, surprising, bittersweet and not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Yes, the film is often hilarious and surprisingly exciting, but it's really an expertly crafted, intelligent character piece, a mature film about inspiration and choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Billed as a comedy, Wonder Boys is about as amusing as a driver's license exam.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 9, 2002
A literate screwball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
June 3, 2002
Un guión inteligente; un elenco maravilloso y una carga de humor negro irresistible
| Original Score: 8.5/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
A clever and convincing comedy that demonstrates an affection for oddballs who don't fit in anywhere.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
The ending, when it comes, is poignant and true, and it comes at exactly the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Douglas is superb, playing his age for once and finding rhythms and humour in the most unexpected places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 16, 2001
Douglas is certainly captivating and bathrobe comfortable in his role as the grovelly, pot-toking intellectual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Get going, you laggards.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 2, 2001
The overall effect is like opening a present on Christmas morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Farber
Movieline
April 17, 2001
While Wonder Boys doesn't match the superb L.A. Confidential, it's a disarming comedy of discomfort.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
Wonder Boys becomes about nothing and about everything in unison--the sheer randomness of its twists mirrors the boredom and inevitability of life's challenges.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a somewhat static, randomly funny movie that leaves little impact
| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 14, 2001
A movie about nobodies, who live in nowheresville, talk about no one and do nothing. Nothing squared.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
There really isn't any protagonist or antagonist, just a lot of bumblers who seem to be trying to do the right thing. They just don't know how.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
With vivid characters, an ironic voice-over narrative, and a solidly written screenplay, Wonder Boys provides its share of small pleasures...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
With a cast this terrific and a story this rich and wry, Wonder Boys really can't miss.
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