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Wonderland Reviews

October 24, 2003
Rarely has so much of so little consequence been so closely examined.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2003
Sometimes Wonderland does make you wonder why you're wasting your time with these losers. But there's also a lot here that stays with you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2003
The main interest here is the acting, which is, by turns, entertaining or just entertainingly bad, with lots of grungy seriousness and Method-trained twitching, but also some moments of real gusto.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2003
A film whose effects are as hard to wash away as blood.
October 17, 2003
Overblown, overheated, overdirected, overacted, overlong and over here, in the local bijoux.
October 17, 2003
Not quite the second coming of Boogie Nights.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 17, 2003
If for some reason you are fascinated by the Wonderland murders, look up the Rolling Stone article of 1989 that brought national attention to the gruesome case. Otherwise, your local cineplex has lots of choices with more redeeming social value.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 17, 2003
Wonderland never gives us a single reason to care about any of these people.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2003
Wonderland may not be the feel-good movie of the year; in fact it feels pretty lousy most of the time. But it offers a dark story well-told with some truly fine performances.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 17, 2003
An unsettling, sordid, overly stylized and intensely well-done drama.
October 17, 2003
For all Wonderland's kinetic energy, the mind wanders.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 17, 2003
True crime procedurals can have a certain fascination, but not when they're jumbled glimpses of what might or might not have happened involving a lot of empty people whose main claim to fame is that they're dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2003
Wonderland skips lightly along the sewers of human depravity as if the trip alone was worth the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2003
A dry, forensic account, more suitable for a true-crime show on late-night cable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2003
Muddled and largely unentertaining.
Read More | Original Score: C-
October 16, 2003
Wonderland is in your face. Any deeper connections, like those to heart and mind, get lost in the splash.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 16, 2003
The film reveals no great truths about human nature or drug abuse, the dialogue is witless, the acting unconstrained.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
October 16, 2003
Although Wonderland isn't much of a movie, it is a parade of exceptional acting.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 16, 2003
Wonderland aspires to the grisly poetry of a James Ellroy novella but only achieves the ugliness of an 8-mm loop.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 16, 2003
Wonderland is fast and frenetic and so unvarnished that it can make you feel unclean watching it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2003
This sketch of John Holmes only shows a part of his world. And to reduce him to one part -- well, that's to only continue the treatment he got his entire adult life.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2003
... astonishing and powerful piece of filmmaking from James Cox.
October 3, 2003
The murders themselves, apparently revenge for the robbery of a high-roller, were indeed messy. But they don't hold a candle to the disarray that is director and co-writer James Cox's film.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 3, 2003
Feverish and unfocused.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 2, 2003
The Holmes story has fared better in a pair of documentaries.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2003
The high quality of most of the acting makes this otherwise pointless and indulgent movie at least watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2003
Although it has a delectable cast, Wonderland skims over its seedy characters to glamorize drug addiction and the role porn star John C. Holmes had in four murders.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2003
Piles on the narrative devices, sonic distortions and gritty images to the point where all you want to do is reach out and wipe away some of the mess so you can decide if there's anything worth seeing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2003
The vaporous Wonderland never moves beyond its grungily romanticized view of the past.
October 1, 2003
A compelling journey into the depths of hell on earth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2003
Jonesing for headlines and gossip-buzz, Wonderland is too look-Ma for its own good.
September 25, 2003
... character gets sacrificed for just another true-crime drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2003
Some worthy performances aside, this helter-skelter portrait of John Holmes and the Wonderland murders is far from wonderful.
September 11, 2003
With its mannered, hyped-up style, James Cox's second feature has absolutely nothing to say about its characters and their lamentable actions.