The Great New Wonderful Reviews

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 18, 2006
Luminous, affecting, and at times humorous take on 9/11's aftermath.
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 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 20, 2006
Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time.
July 5, 2006
...director Danny Leiner uses a dainty palette of tristesse (untouched when he made Dude, Where's My Car?) to suggest that the shadow of 9/11 makes every discontent more pathetic.
June 23, 2006
The stories don't really connect, and for all the film's portentous shots of the changed skyline, there's no sense that 9/11 really changed these people.
June 23, 2006
Why is such a talented cast doing such weak material? This finally becomes clear an hour in, when most of the actors get to do what they love: play emotional breakdowns.
June 23, 2006
The stories are eye-opening and heartwarming at the same time, but you'll be moved less by empathy for the characters than by the summoning of your own emotional memories. This movie is personal.
June 23, 2006
This mysteriously rich, mostly wonderful comedy-drama takes place in September 2002, when the lives of its unconnected New Yorkers have returned to something that looks like normal. 'Normal' being a thin layer of tissue paper over the abyss.
June 22, 2006
Danny Leiner's film offers a collection of quiet, tidy vignettes that occur simultaneously in New York City a year after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
June 22, 2006
The Great New Wonderful squanders a fine opportunity: to examine the emotional effect of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, on the lives of New Yorkers one year later.
Top Critic
June 21, 2006
For an independent film, it is quite a rewarding big-time experience.
June 20, 2006
The film, set in September 2002, employs 9-11 as a thematic crutch, positing the attacks as little more than a backdrop for its characters' other, infinitely less significant woes.
June 19, 2006
If the writer, Sam Catlin, can't begin to make the storylines jell, he does elicit squirms and titters from the shark-filled moats between peoples' conscious and unconscious lives.