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Wonderland (2003)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 67

A sordid and pointless movie with some good preformances.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 27

A sordid and pointless movie with some good preformances.



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A chronicle of the spectacular fall of infamous porn star John C. "Johnny Wadd" Holmes. Based on a true story, the biopic explores the multiple murders that took place high atop Wonderland Avenue in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon, in the summer of 1981. At first the victims were thought to be mere drug dealers and party hounds, but the case became elevated to a classic L.A. noir when they were discovered to be connected to the infamous porn star. By the time the story begins, Holmes had already fallen



James Scott, D. Loriston Scott, Todd Samovitz, Captain Mauzner

Feb 10, 2004


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Rarely has so much of so little consequence been so closely examined.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Sometimes Wonderland does make you wonder why you're wasting your time with these losers. But there's also a lot here that stays with you.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The main interest here is the acting, which is, by turns, entertaining or just entertainingly bad, with lots of grungy seriousness and Method-trained twitching, but also some moments of real gusto.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A film whose effects are as hard to wash away as blood.

October 17, 2003
Washington Post
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Overblown, overheated, overdirected, overacted, overlong and over here, in the local bijoux.

October 17, 2003
Washington Post
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Not quite the second coming of Boogie Nights.

October 17, 2003
Seattle Times
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Very sordid and unexpectedly dull; adults only.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Val Kilmer ("The Salton Sea") fails to manifest the eccentric character of notorious porn legend Johnny "Wadd" Holmes in this artful but unbalanced dramatization of the gruesome 1981 Laurel Canyon murders that Holmes was implicated in committing.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source:

A&E Investigative Reports would have done the story far more justice than this watered down silly film ever could.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Unpleasant to view but ultimately satisfying.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Unwarrantedly interested in B-list celebrity-gone-to-seed.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

*Violent and blaring ... a vibrant bit of tabloid trash infotainment, a guilty pleasure for those with a taste for bittersweet candy.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This film, however, will fade away quicker than Jenna Jameson when she hits thirty-five.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source:

Bolstered by its fiercely assured script and direction, Wonderland's cast soars, with Kilmer perhaps doing his career-best work.

September 30, 2004

It's an in-your-face and exhausting portrayal of life gone bad, played out by a cast of actors all on the top of their game.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

looks good, sounds great, and essentially it's just one long party until the debauchery inevitably comes to collect its tax

May 10, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Wonderland remains too subjective and doesn't probe deep enough.

April 20, 2004 Full Review Source:

Nem mesmo o excepcional elenco consegue levar o espectador a conhecer um pouco melhor aqueles personagens. Ainda assim, o filme tem seus momentos.

March 10, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Cox's film is really an empty experience.

February 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...real bottom-of-the-barrel stuff, a scummy story about scummy people.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Wonderland is completely hollow and devoid of purpose... uncompelling, unorganized and unexciting.

January 14, 2004 Full Review Source:

You might actually anticipate learning something about the real JohnnyHolmes and his vocational choices. Think again.

December 31, 2003
Long Island Press

A few actors make momentary impressions, yet most are kept in the shadows, as hard to make out as this movie's ultimate intentions.

November 4, 2003
Creative Loafing

To enjoy the narrative remixing, you have to cut through an awful lot of postproduction hooey.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Wonderland

Dark tale is told in too abstract a fashion too be very involving and the whole picture is so dark it's frequently impossible to tell what's going on. Kudrow is good as Holmes estranged wife.
March 10, 2014
jay nixon

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Wonderland in my opinion is fairly underrated. Based on the true story of John Holmes, a famed porn star. This film is about the Wonderland murders and John Holmes' involvement. I really don't understand why this film has gotten so much flack. I thought it was a very good film with a good cast. I'm not normally one to care for Val Kilmer, but at times he can deliver a good performance. Wonderland in my opinion is his best performance since 1995's Heat. In Wonderland, director James Cox crafts a very good dramatic thriller. The films plot is engaging and the performances of the cast are very good. Wonderland is an engaging drama film and there's plenty to enjoy from such a film. Wonderland is for me, an intense film that shows the downfall of one of the most famed porn actors at the height of his lowest point. This film is very interesting, entertaining and well put together. Director James Cox has made a good drama film. I very much enjoyed the film for what it was, and I think it's much underrated. Sure, the film isn't as strong as Boogie Nights, but it's worth watching nonetheless. If you enjoy a good real life inspired drama film, Wonderland is the film you should see. This film is much better than what most critics have said about the film. Wonderland has its faults, but for the most part, it succeeds at being a very entertaining drama with a good cast to boot. Along with a good story, what's not to like?
December 13, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Even though you dont know this is made by a showoff director with not much to show off, and shit writers, you should want to see it because it has the most amazingly awful cast of almost any movie:
Lisa Kudrow. uh. Josh (Sweet home Alabama) Lucas. ok, keep talkin'. Kate Bosworth. well how much is the "bos" worth? you have to see this movie. Christina Applegate. HOLY SHIT-CAKES. Janeane Garofalo as a junkie. A snackie snack eating Carrie Fisher who has hopefully retired her "Return of the Jedi" metal bikini. and... ANDD.... five mind-crowaving seconds of Paris Hilton as a hoe on a yacht. oh yea, the movie is about the John Holmes murder case but you don't care about that.
March 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

Does a great job at showing how convoluted and confusing it is to piece together and solve a murder when your only witnesses are drug lords, drug dealers, drug users and prostitutes.

Really strong performances from the entire cast, but Kudrow's performance (though a somewhat minor role) really stood out for me.
September 7, 2010
Robert C

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