• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Curtis Hanson
    In Theaters:
    Nov 8, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 13, 2001
  • Paramount Pictures


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Wonder Boys Reviews

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Matthew Turner

Given the Weinsteins' genius for Oscar-gathering, don't be surprised if Michael Douglas bags Best Actor come March 2001... Recommended.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

This is an amusing, though ultimately unsatisfying, film.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

A mid-winter delight -- wry, surprising, bittersweet and not to be missed.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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 Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Billed as a comedy, Wonder Boys is about as amusing as a driver's license exam.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 2, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A literate screwball comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 9, 2002
Luis Martinez

Un guión inteligente; un elenco maravilloso y una carga de humor negro irresistible

| Original Score: 8.5/10

June 3, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A clever and convincing comedy that demonstrates an affection for oddballs who don't fit in anywhere.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 13, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The ending, when it comes, is poignant and true, and it comes at exactly the right place.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 28, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Douglas is superb, playing his age for once and finding rhythms and humour in the most unexpected places.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 10, 2001
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Douglas is certainly captivating and bathrobe comfortable in his role as the grovelly, pot-toking intellectual.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Get going, you laggards.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 11, 2001
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The overall effect is like opening a present on Christmas morning.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 2, 2001
Stephen Farber

While Wonder Boys doesn't match the superb L.A. Confidential, it's a disarming comedy of discomfort.

Full Review Source: Movieline

April 17, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

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 Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: A-

March 19, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a somewhat static, randomly funny movie that leaves little impact

| Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2001
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

A movie about nobodies, who live in nowheresville, talk about no one and do nothing. Nothing squared.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2001
James Berardinelli
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With vivid characters, an ironic voice-over narrative, and a solidly written screenplay, Wonder Boys provides its share of small pleasures...

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Andrew O'Hehir
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With a cast this terrific and a story this rich and wry, Wonder Boys really can't miss.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
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