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Wonderland Reviews

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 24, 2003
Rarely has so much of so little consequence been so closely examined.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 17, 2003
A film whose effects are as hard to wash away as blood.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 17, 2003
Overblown, overheated, overdirected, overacted, overlong and over here, in the local bijoux.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 17, 2003
Not quite the second coming of Boogie Nights.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 17, 2003
Wonderland never gives us a single reason to care about any of these people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 17, 2003
An unsettling, sordid, overly stylized and intensely well-done drama.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 17, 2003
For all Wonderland's kinetic energy, the mind wanders.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 16, 2003
A dry, forensic account, more suitable for a true-crime show on late-night cable.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 16, 2003
Muddled and largely unentertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 16, 2003
The film reveals no great truths about human nature or drug abuse, the dialogue is witless, the acting unconstrained.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 16, 2003
Although Wonderland isn't much of a movie, it is a parade of exceptional acting.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 16, 2003
Wonderland is fast and frenetic and so unvarnished that it can make you feel unclean watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 6, 2003
... astonishing and powerful piece of filmmaking from James Cox.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 3, 2003
Feverish and unfocused.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 2, 2003
The Holmes story has fared better in a pair of documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 2, 2003
The high quality of most of the acting makes this otherwise pointless and indulgent movie at least watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2003
The vaporous Wonderland never moves beyond its grungily romanticized view of the past.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 1, 2003
A compelling journey into the depths of hell on earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 30, 2003
Jonesing for headlines and gossip-buzz, Wonderland is too look-Ma for its own good.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 25, 2003
... character gets sacrificed for just another true-crime drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2003
Some worthy performances aside, this helter-skelter portrait of John Holmes and the Wonderland murders is far from wonderful.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.