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