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Wonder Boys Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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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.
May 11, 2001
Get going, you laggards.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Wonder Boys is like a George Cukor movie with a bad head cold -- slow, muffled and vague.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
After enduring a lot of jokes about May-December romances, Douglas comes bouncing back with one of his best performances.
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+
January 1, 2000
The dialogue is smart without parading its braininess.
January 1, 2000
[Michael Douglas] is a superb comic actor, one who knows that the secret of being funny is never begging for a laugh.
January 1, 2000
Wonders really never cease.
January 1, 2000
McDormand is as much a delight to watch as she's ever been.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Smart and funny.
January 1, 2000
Wonder Boys turns out to be a relevant, moving piece of filmmaking.
January 1, 2000
World-weary has never been funnier or more fascinating than in Kloves' hands.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
While Maguire's blank shapelessness has left a hole in the center of other films, here he delivers a real performance rather than just his wide-eyed presence.
January 1, 2000
Funny and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
This is certainly the best studio movie of the new year to date, and Douglas might even be remembered at next year's Oscars.
January 1, 2000
Big disappointment.
January 1, 2000
Tobey Maguire continues his winning streak, showing his comedic versatility this time around.
January 1, 2000
With vivid characters, an ironic voice-over narrative, and a solidly written screenplay, Wonder Boys provides its share of small pleasures...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
One of the most accessible of joy rides.
January 1, 2000
It's an often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as L.A. Confidential but considerably less dark.
January 1, 2000
I don't think I've ever seen another American comedy that mixed rue and slapstick and sentiment in quite this way.
January 1, 2000
Glad to have been invited along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Cinematographer Dante Spinotti, who here proves that dark, dreary weather and comedy are not incompatible.
January 1, 2000
The material throughout is so fresh.
January 1, 2000
Sexy and wry.
January 1, 2000
With a cast this terrific and a story this rich and wry, Wonder Boys really can't miss.
January 1, 2000
An emotionally dishonest movie about emotionally dishonest people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The humor is forced and the absurdist elements overwhelm the realism.