Wonder Boys Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2012
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
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-
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Get going, you laggards.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
After enduring a lot of jokes about May-December romances, Douglas comes bouncing back with one of his best performances.
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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+
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The dialogue is smart without parading its braininess.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Wonders really never cease.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
McDormand is as much a delight to watch as she's ever been.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Smart and funny.
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Ted Anthony
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Wonder Boys turns out to be a relevant, moving piece of filmmaking.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
World-weary has never been funnier or more fascinating than in Kloves' hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Funny and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Big disappointment.
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Tobey Maguire continues his winning streak, showing his comedic versatility this time around.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
One of the most accessible of joy rides.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
It's an often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as L.A. Confidential but considerably less dark.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Glad to have been invited along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Cinematographer Dante Spinotti, who here proves that dark, dreary weather and comedy are not incompatible.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
The material throughout is so fresh.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Sexy and wry.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
With a cast this terrific and a story this rich and wry, Wonder Boys really can't miss.
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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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
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The humor is forced and the absurdist elements overwhelm the realism.