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Wonder (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Wonder doesn't shy away from its bestselling source material's sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings.

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Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

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Cast

Julia Roberts
as Isabel Pullman
Owen Wilson
as Nate Pullman
Jacob Tremblay
as Auggie Pullman
Mandy Patinkin
as Mr. Tushman
Daveed Diggs
as Mr. Browne
Elle McKinnon
as Charlotte
Ali Liebert
as Ms. Petosa
Emma Tremblay
as Michelle
Rachel Hayward
as Miranda's Mom
Mark Dozlaw
as Teenage Doctor
Jennifer March
as Neonatologist
J. Douglas Stewart
as Darth Sidious
Joseph Gordon
as Dodgeball Player
Ben Ratner
as Mr. Davenport
Jason McKinnon
as School Photographer
Nicole Oliver
as Jack Will's Mom
Lucia Thain
as Savanna
Callahan Brebner
as Guy on Bus
Caleb Gordon
as Our Town Player
Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey
as Our Town Player
Emily Giannozio
as Our Town Player
Haley Goldin
as Our Town Player
Victoria Cruz
as Science Fair Judge
Crystal Lowe
as Julian's Mom
Steve Bacic
as Julian's Dad
Lidya Jewett
as Lina Annan
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Critic Reviews for Wonder

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (30)

Wonder is a well-crafted, well-intentioned movie. But it also downplays some important economic, emotional, medical, and psychological realities...it missed a chance to better represent the experiences of children who are already so widely misunderstood.

December 21, 2017 | Full Review…

I can understand where there is value in showing this film to younger children because the message, albeit sanitized, will resonate.

December 4, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Maybe this little movie about a kid with a facial disorder isn't really about a kid with a facial disorder at all, but about whatever you and I choose to see in it. And if that's not art, I don't know what is.

November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Bullies and frenemies don't get served so much as given quiet moments to confront their own mistakes.

November 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Starring a terrific Jacob Tremblay as a bullied boy with facial deformities and Julia Roberts as his mom, this drama based on the R. J. Palacio book that nearly everyone has read and wept over has surprising dimension and delicacy.

November 19, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps I've overpraised Wonder, but as a wise man once said, "When given a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."

November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wonder

The cast is great and the film has a nice message about acceptance that should be accessible to all ages, but the problem is that it lacks focus and doesn't seem to be able to escape its share of unnecessary sappiness, reaching a sentimental ending that almost ruins it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Sappy films aren't everyone's cup of tea, but when a film embraces its sappiness and turns it into something emotionally resonant, then I truly believe that they can be some of the best films out there. While Wonder may have looked a little overdone throughout its marketing campaign, making it out to be a film about a kid being bullied for looking different from everyone else, that's honestly just scratching the surface of what the message of this film really is. There is always a feel-good movie that I attach myself to every year, and I believe Wonder is probably the film from 2017 that did it for me. No, it's not going to win awards for originality, but quite honestly, if there was an award for moving your audience to tears, then Wonder would earn top honors. This movie deserves to be seen by everyone of all ages and here's why. Following Auggie Pullman, a young fifth grader who was born under unlikely circumstances, leaving him to deal with looking different than everyone else around him, this is a story about the courage to ignore the bad and embrace the good. I was expecting this film to be strictly about the character of Auggie, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that this film divides itself into sections that explore each of the characters that surround him and their reasoning for either being nice or mean to our protagonist. I found the construction of this film to be one of the most commendable aspects because the end result only benefited from this. Ever since I first watched him perform in Room, Jacob Tremblay continues to prove that he's either ten years older than he looks, or that he's just a gifted actor that won't let a single movie prevent him from being stellar. This young actor has an incredibly bright future ahead of him. Whether it was narration that dived into his psyche or simply his natural interaction with his friends and family, I truly saw this character as a real person, instead of a generic young actor in a movie. Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts give solid performances as well, along with Noah Jupe and Izabela Vidovic being very solid in their supporting roles. Where this film may turn some viewers off (which I think will be a very slim few) is in its eye-rolling emotional core. Look, you can't go into a film like Wonder and expect something with raw human emotion like a film that has family in and out of prison because this is for families. If you're looking for the most realistic film in terms of realism, then I would suggest looking elsewhere, but if you're up for a great family movie that will make you cry every few minutes and make you want to hug the closest person around you, then Wonder is just about as perfect as they come. This is easily the feel-good movie of 2017 that deserved every dollar it received at the box office. In the end, Wonder explores a story that feels familiar, but not exactly ever told in this way before. We've seen thousands of stories revolving around bullying and looking different, but we see it from multiple perspectives here and watching all of these characters transform around the expense of the character of Auggie was such a delight. For people who want to sit down and watch a movie that will make them feel amazing, I can't recommend watching Wonder enough. Everything about this film is well-done. From its writing that does a good enough job in exploring multiple characters to the direction that focuses on emotion first, to musical cues that will have you in tears, to the very notion that our world can be a better place if people were kinder, Wonder has it all. Aside from feeling sappy at times, I absolutely loved this movie from start to finish.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A well-intentioned family film? Oy vey, say it ain't so, and yet this outing, well anchored by its established stars, hits all the marks and then some with its story of a disfigured child's excursion into the wicked jungle of grammar school. Most films of this ilk leave one panting for a glass of milk at the very least, but this one makes rising above the usual treacle look easy. A nice bet.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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