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Wonder Boys Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
This grand mess of a movie has many pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
December 15, 2010
Like a favorite novel, "Wonder Boys" gets more comfortably broken-in with each return, and Michael Douglas wears Grady Tripp's scruffiness as sharply as he does Gordon Gekko's natty clothes - addressing jealousy, panic and terror in creative complacency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
December 27, 2009
One of those films where the term 'character study' is used to excuse the fact that there's nothing of real interest in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 1, 2009
If Douglas and Hanson have aimed to make Grady as simultaneously weary and jazzed...as Bob Dylan's Oscar-winning theme song is, they have come enticingly close, with marvelous highs along the way (not just the narcotic kind), but they haven't fully got th
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Writer Steven Kloves and director Curtis Hanson turn Michael Chabon's novel into a quirky goofball pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Emanuel Levy
April 5, 2007
Michael Douglas gives the best perfromance of his career (to be remembered at Oscar time) in this screwball comedy about a college professor who's pushed into maturity by forces beyond his control; a well-acted coming-of-age saga for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2006
As Tripp, Michael Douglas, looking hugely disheveled, does his best work in years; playing a real character after so many pictures in which he's glided by on an air of silken yuppiness, he proves that he's still a true actor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Bourne
April 8, 2006
...smart, charming, and funny ... It's about finding the right inspiration and making the right choices. Hanson and Kloves, it's abundantly clear, made a lot of right choices.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Wonder Boys digresses so entertainingly, you forget how quickly Grady got into the mess he's in, and can't imagine where we might be headed.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Don't let the lame marketing for this film turn you off, this film is surprisingly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
I've never quite seen a movie like Wonder Boys. It is sometimes self-deprecating, often nostalgic and optimistic, but always slightly mysterious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Veterans and relative newcomers populate the talented cast, led by Douglas in one of his best-rendered performances to date.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
Wonder Boys has a delightfully malicious beginning, an increasingly muddled second act and a conclusion of such moral uplift that it probably should not be shown to the characters themselves.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
This performance shows Douglas aging gracefully and willingly, an accomplishment that only a couple of famous leading men have achieved in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
There's a story there, but it's probably not very interesting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 4, 2003
It's very refreshing to see a movie that celebrates writing and intelligence without stooping to become a filmed record of a novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
It's so rare that I can't find anything to nitpick about in a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Douglas is exquisitely subtle in this film; I love it when he takes time out from playing wealthy, power-hungry jerks to craft a real character, and this one is not an easy creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 8, 2002
...a movie of small pleasures and gentle comedy. One has to be careful not to overpraise it.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
With so much to say, Hanson's movie is too frenetic.
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