Wonderland (2000)



Critic Consensus: A film that tackles something as simple as everyday life and succeeds beatifully. The witty script and clever direction keep the film flowing, while the superb acting keeps it alive. It doesn't aim for the sky and for that reason it hits its mark.

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Eileen and Bill are marooned in a loveless marriage, both hurt by the estrangement of their youngest child, Darren. They are closer -- if only in proximity -- to their three daughters: eldest sister Debbie is a hard-partying hairdresser, separated from her ne'er-do-well husband Dan and raising their son Jack; Nadia is a lonely waitress who searches for love through the personals, which is how she meets Tim; and Molly, who's in a committed relationship with Eddie, is expecting their first child. All will find the foundations of their relationships shifting in surprising, ruefully funny and emotional ways during the boisterous annual "Bonfire Night" in South London.
R (for some strong sexuality, and for language)
Art House & International , Drama
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USA Films


Gina McKee
as Nadia
Ian Hart
as Dan
John Simm
as Eddie
Kika Markham
as Eileen
Enzo Cilenti
as Darren
David Fahm
as Franklyn
Anton Saunders
as Bloke in Bed with Debbie
Abby Ford
as Nurse
Michelle Jolly
as Midwife
Rebecca Lenkiewicz
as Policewoman
Michael Hodgson
as Kitchen Shop Father
Emma Sear
as Kitchen Shop Mother
Megan Sear
as Kitchen Shop Baby
Nuno Vaz
as Portuguese Neighbour
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Critic Reviews for Wonderland

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (24)

Wonderland is well crafted from the editing to the acting, but it often feels like a television pilot for a calculatedly hip soap opera.

April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The film's realistic approach to storytelling and the strong performances mesh well with Winterbottom's stylistic flourishes.

May 11, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It becomes one of those movies that hurt so good.

February 14, 2001
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

An often powerful, and more often bracing, experience.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

The energy is sapped by clinging condescension in the guise of compassionate liberalism.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Wonderland feels predictable.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wonderland

Wonderland is well crafted from the editing to the acting, but it often feels like a television pilot for a calculatedly hip soap opera.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

This was a fairly interesting watch. Throughout I began to wonder what kind of camera they used to film it because it looked a little grainy and very white washed feeling. I didn't mind the way it looked. The music really tied the movie together, made it a good listening experience.

Robert Alley
Robert Alley

caught this on TV without knowing who it was by and I was instantly captivated. The first thing is that it's filmed and set where I live, around the Elephant and Castle and Walworth Road, and it's about the people I see every day. It's absolutely spot on about the kind of lives people around here lead and the way individuals and different social groups interact. What lifts it above the sort of social realism common in British cinema is the cutting, the cinematography and Michael Nyman's lovely music, which must be his best work post-Greenaway. While I've never been a big fan of the 'poetry of degradation' school of art, somehow the ugliness and squalor of South East London are transformed by this film and the lives of the characters are invested with real dignity. Though it may deal with the same sort of subject matter as Ken Loach or Mike Leigh, the style and approach are very different - the difference between a great piece of prose and a poem. I guess you could say Winterbottom and Nyman do for London what Scorsese and Herrmann did for New York in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. This is a beautiful film and I feel real gratitude to Michael Winterbottom for bringing our lives to the screen in such a way.

Cassandra Maples
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