• 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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Big disappointment.

January 1, 2000
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It is a familiar story, but told with great charm and with sharp observations of how these academia types talk to each other and interact.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
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
David N. Butterworth

A scattershot affair that bobbles along episodically but doesn't quite gel.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Wonder Boys is like a George Cukor movie with a bad head cold -- slow, muffled and vague.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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An emotionally dishonest movie about emotionally dishonest people.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

There's a story there, but it's probably not very interesting.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 20, 2003
Mac Verstandig

The movie's plot loses steam well before the fourth quarter even begins and things aren't helped by a desperately forced ending.

January 1, 2000
Mac Verstandig
Stage Newspaper

The movie's plot loses steam well before the fourth quarter even begins and things aren't helped by a desperately forced ending.

January 1, 2000
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

This is an amusing, though ultimately unsatisfying, film.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Harvey S. Karten

Simply murky, torpid, and confused.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The movie spends the whole time setting up the plot. When the ending credits roll, you realize that it was never able to get in gear.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Von Doviak

[Tobey Mcguire's] affectless line readings grow wearisome as the film progresses.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a somewhat static, randomly funny movie that leaves little impact

| Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2001
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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[Curtis Hanson] so intent on getting us to like his characters that he didn't give them enough juice.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

For the most part, bogged down in a self-consciously quirky mix of eccentric comedy and literary affectations...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

January 1, 2000
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Dave White

If the script for Wonder Boys was as funny and sharp as it needed to be, their world would engage us.

Full Review Source: IFilm

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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The humor is forced and the absurdist elements overwhelm the realism.

January 1, 2000
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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March 10, 2012
Ted Murphy
September 8, 2009
Ray Pride
January 1, 2000

Ebert & Roeper
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January 1, 2000

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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June 18, 2012
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