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Wonder Boys Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Big disappointment.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
February 14, 2001
A movie about nobodies, who live in nowheresville, talk about no one and do nothing. Nothing squared.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It is a familiar story, but told with great charm and with sharp observations of how these academia types talk to each other and interact.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Billed as a comedy, Wonder Boys is about as amusing as a driver's license exam.
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A scattershot affair that bobbles along episodically but doesn't quite gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Wonder Boys is like a George Cukor movie with a bad head cold -- slow, muffled and vague.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
An emotionally dishonest movie about emotionally dishonest people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000
The movie's plot loses steam well before the fourth quarter even begins and things aren't helped by a desperately forced ending.
Mac Verstandig
Stage Newspaper
January 1, 2000
The movie's plot loses steam well before the fourth quarter even begins and things aren't helped by a desperately forced ending.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This is an amusing, though ultimately unsatisfying, film.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Simply murky, torpid, and confused.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The movie spends the whole time setting up the plot. When the ending credits roll, you realize that it was never able to get in gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Von Doviak
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
[Tobey Mcguire's] affectless line readings grow wearisome as the film progresses.
| Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
a somewhat static, randomly funny movie that leaves little impact
| Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
[Curtis Hanson] so intent on getting us to like his characters that he didn't give them enough juice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
For the most part, bogged down in a self-consciously quirky mix of eccentric comedy and literary affectations...
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave White
IFilm
January 1, 2000
If the script for Wonder Boys was as funny and sharp as it needed to be, their world would engage us.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The humor is forced and the absurdist elements overwhelm the realism.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2012
Ted Murphy
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Ray Pride
Newcity
January 1, 2000
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January 1, 2000

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March 24, 2002

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June 18, 2012
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