• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Curtis Hanson
    In Theaters:
    Nov 8, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 13, 2001
  • Paramount Pictures

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Wonder Boys Reviews

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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March 10, 2012
Emanuel Levy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety | Original Score: A-

April 5, 2007

Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Get going, you laggards.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 11, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Wonder Boys is like a George Cukor movie with a bad head cold -- slow, muffled and vague.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
Film.com
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After enduring a lot of jokes about May-December romances, Douglas comes bouncing back with one of his best performances.

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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[Curtis Hanson] so intent on getting us to like his characters that he didn't give them enough juice.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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The dialogue is smart without parading its braininess.

January 1, 2000
David Ansen
Newsweek
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[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
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Wonders really never cease.

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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McDormand is as much a delight to watch as she's ever been.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Smart and funny.

January 1, 2000
Ted Anthony
Associated Press
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Wonder Boys turns out to be a relevant, moving piece of filmmaking.

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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World-weary has never been funnier or more fascinating than in Kloves' hands.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Funny and touching.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Big disappointment.

January 1, 2000
Ernest Hardy
Film.com
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Tobey Maguire continues his winning streak, showing his comedic versatility this time around.

January 1, 2000
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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One of the most accessible of joy rides.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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With vivid characters, an ironic voice-over narrative, and a solidly written screenplay, Wonder Boys provides its share of small pleasures...

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's an often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as L.A. Confidential but considerably less dark.

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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I don't think I've ever seen another American comedy that mixed rue and slapstick and sentiment in quite this way.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Glad to have been invited along.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Amy Taubin
Village Voice
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Cinematographer Dante Spinotti, who here proves that dark, dreary weather and comedy are not incompatible.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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The material throughout is so fresh.

January 1, 2000
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Sexy and wry.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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With a cast this terrific and a story this rich and wry, Wonder Boys really can't miss.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000

Ebert & Roeper
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January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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An emotionally dishonest movie about emotionally dishonest people.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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The humor is forced and the absurdist elements overwhelm the realism.

January 1, 2000
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