Wondrous Oblivion Reviews

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 17, 2007
The challenges of friendship across color lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Evocative, beautifully photographed and skillfully directed.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 1, 2007
David's favorite exclamation is "wondrous!" %u2014 which happens to be a fitting description for the talents of writer/director Paul Morrison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2007
Wondrous Oblivion is a timeless tale of an 11-year-old South London boy putting aside boyish things. Writer-director Paul Morrison affirms PG-rated life lessons that could appeal to 11-year-olds and their elders alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2006
For all its bright-hued nostalgia (the cricket greens are practically incandescent), Wondrous Oblivion edges up to hard truths, most powerfully expressed in Lindo's towering performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
December 28, 2006
A touching rite-of-passage flick which simultaneously sends several valuable messages about friendship, fidelity, tolerance, and reaching for the stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
December 22, 2006
You don't have to know anything about the sport of cricket to be charmed by Wondrous Oblivion, a British film that is finally getting a well-deserved theatrical release after opening the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
December 15, 2006
...Thanks to solid performances and very nice cinematography, it hits, if not a home run, at least a solid double (or the British equivalent).
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
November 23, 2006
A family film with a difference, Wondrous Oblivion displays real bite as it incisively tackles such adult subjects as racism, anti-Semitism, adultery and the plight of immigrants in an intolerant land.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 6, 2006
It's a delight to see Delroy Lindo -- perpetually cast as tough cops and tougher crooks -- playing a tender father and decent (if struggling) husband.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Alter
Premiere Magazine
November 3, 2006
Amid the mawkish mess rests a genuinely touching love story between two people who are considered outcasts by mainstream society. Too bad they're not the stars of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 3, 2006
It's sweet-as-pie, nicely acted and boasts a marvelous vintage ska-reggae-calypso soundtrack featuring some of the best, bounciest songs of the era, including 'Sugar Dandy,' 'Rudi, A Message to You' and of course, Millie Small's 'My Boy Lollipop.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 3, 2006
The film feels like the Cliffs Notes version of what might have been a much longer and certainly more satisfying story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 3, 2006
It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 3, 2006
Good intentions and some nicely playful moments go a long way toward balancing out Paul Morrison's uneven story of British immigrants in the early 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 2, 2006
Form and content fight to the death in Wondrous Oblivion, Paul Morrison's defiantly gauzy tale of racial friction in 1960s England.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 2, 2006
A small and intimate English film about playing cricket, coming of age, and the respect for diversity that seems so hard to learn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2006
Lindo gives a powerhouse performance of immense feeling and subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 1, 2006
[The film] strikes a curiously cheerful note in these singularly cheerless times.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2006
Wondrous Oblivion goes awry in its sloppy racial drama, and although the cricket-training montages are good, they're still training montages, and this is just that kind of overfamiliar movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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