The Great New Wonderful Reviews

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November 29, 2009
...The Great New Wonderful boasts a pervasively aimless atmosphere that slowly but surely wears the viewer down and ensures that the film's overtly positive elements are ultimately rendered moot.
April 29, 2007
Candid but hermetic NYC emotional aftershocks Of 9/11.
October 13, 2006
No film that I've yet seen better captures the dismal mood that gripped the city in the wake of the [9/11] attacks...
September 15, 2006
While it's not always successful at doing so, this film does have its perceptive, thoughtful moments. And it features one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory.
September 15, 2006
[The characters], like us, are looking for answers in a rare movie that boldly and thoughtfully asks the right questions.
September 12, 2006
There are amusing moments sprinkled throughout the film, a few genuine laughs, and some nicely played dramatic scenes.
August 31, 2006
Not all the little stories and vignettes work (some seem almost pointless), but most of the performances, especially a haughty luncheon under a veil of politeness with Gyllenhaal and Falco, are spot on, involving and revealing.
August 25, 2006
It may be the 9/11 movie to which the most people can relate. For most of us, that date wasn't about personal heroics or losing loved ones or survival. It was about processing the impossible and realizing that life, with all its ups and downs, must go on.
August 24, 2006
Leiner...wants to say something important, but his cinematic and narrative technique isn't up to the task.
August 18, 2006
Luminous, affecting, and at times humorous take on 9/11's aftermath.
August 18, 2006
Yet -- and quite in spite of its plinky piano score -- The Great New Wonderful conjures occasional vividness, irrepressible pain or insight.
August 18, 2006
There's an emotional truth to TGNW that can be denied or ignored, and it comes through if you give the movie a chance.
August 17, 2006
While the film rarely imparts a true sense of messy everyday feelings and the strife of real life, the fine actors take your mind off the shortcomings.
August 15, 2006
The movie itself is having an identity crisis; it tries to make 9/11 a significant day in these people's lives and it has nothing to do with that day, both at the same time.
August 10, 2006
It's in the Magnolia/Short Cuts vein and, although it's not as good as those classics, the characters and their dilemmas are absorbing.
August 10, 2006
Set on the one-year anniversary of the twin towers' collapse, the drama interweaves five stories about New Yorkers. It's a testament to the city's resolve to resume life as normal.
July 26, 2006
[Maggie] Gyllenhaal ... slips into character with greater ease than any other young American actress now in the movies.
July 23, 2006
This is a film that never really says what's it's about, and may in fact not be about much of anything other than the zeitgeist of the era. Which, if you think about it, is plenty.
July 20, 2006
There's a lot to admire about this movie, especially its lack of sentimental manipulation when dealing with the topic of 9/11.
July 20, 2006
Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time.
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