Wonder Wheel Reviews

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March 9, 2018
Kate Winslet delivers an incendiary performance (easily her best since 2008 in The Reader)...
March 7, 2018
There is lots of expository dialogue and characters saying lines like: "I've become consumed with jealousy!"
December 16, 2017
Woody Allen seems to be running on empty now, situating his stories in cliched versions of the past, slapping together character and situations with little care or passion, except as bile and bitterness take him.
December 15, 2017
Allen, 82, has his ups and downs, and while there have been more downs than ups lately he is always worth the benefit of the doubt. But "Wonder Wheel" is a ride to nowhere.
December 14, 2017
Like the fairground ride for which it's named, "Wonder Wheel" is entertaining but not enlightening.
December 13, 2017
As we watch Allen worry and nitpick over the way women fret over aging, painting Ginny as pathetic, jealous, insecure, and clownish, it's dull, unoriginal, and offensive. Frankly, we've have enough Woody Allen takes on this subject.
December 11, 2017
Wonder Wheel seems more like a cobbled-together afterthought than the romantic melodrama it seeks to be.
December 8, 2017
If 2016's Café Society was writer-director Woody Allen's attempt to introduce a younger generation to the world of Woody Allen, then this might just be his followup attempt to show the Kids of Today what a filmed Tennessee Williams play looks like.
December 8, 2017
Whatever its director's motivations, a work so contemptuous of its own heroine is always going to border on the offensive.
December 7, 2017
Everything strains to serve an underwritten story that resembles a community theatre stage production more than a major motion picture.
December 7, 2017
Otherwise, the move shows evidence of Allen's late-career bad habits: The script plays like an unedited rough draft, or the work of someone who no longer has anyone to tell him he needs to try harder.
December 7, 2017
[A] well-acted, yet pointless and, most disappointingly, dull tale of lust.
December 7, 2017
Line to line, "Wonder Wheel" clunks and groans.
December 7, 2017
The dialogue is agony. Winslet is given some especial doozies to deliver with a straight face.
December 7, 2017
"Wonder Wheel" will strike fans as an embarrassment and doubters as further evidence of decline - proof of Allen's lack of interest or engagement in a world beyond his shrinking artistic comfort zone.
December 6, 2017
Then again, there is something artificial, or at least heightened and operatic, about the entire movie - the sets, the colors, the situations, the performers.
December 6, 2017
All hokum. All window dressing for a limp, underwhelming, irritating soap opera.
December 6, 2017
It's just a bad movie; a flat melodrama in which some lovely camerawork and a ferocious central performance from Winslet can't conceal the rote tiredness of it all.
Top Critic
December 4, 2017
I've often written that even on a bad day, Woody Allen is better than everybody else on Sunday. This is true again of Wonder Wheel.
December 2, 2017
Rather than loose, the ensemble often seems underrehearsed, and too many of Winslet's lines have little impact.
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