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Wonderstruck (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Wonderstruck's efforts to juggle timelines and tonal shifts aren't always smooth, but the end result still adds up to an emotional journey whose visual thrills live up to its title.

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Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

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Aims for whimsical, but lands well short of its goal.

November 10, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Those who are merely looking for a flick that goes well with popcorn may be bored, but true cinema buffs will be in heaven.

November 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The longing for interpersonal connection, which is so central to Wonderstruck, reverberates throughout Haynes's work.

November 2, 2017 | Full Review…

A sweet, gentle story of two children connecting across time.

October 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Haynes struggles to connect all the dots. Wonderstruck reaches for the stars and falls short.

October 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's the sort of poetic conceit that needs a filmmaker far more rapt and intuitive than Haynes, whose jeweler's precision keeps everything at an emotional remove.

October 27, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wonderstruck

Todd Haynes follows up his resplendent Carol, with an effective and unique family film, touching in a rather distant way, and hauntingly beautiful to look at and to listen to. The child leads are endearing and present role models for other younger kids who are deaf or feel alone because of their differences. If Haynes direction is occasionally muted and chilly, well that is the price one pays for all technical aspects at their peak. We feel for the characters by default, although some rawer emotion would have benefited the production. But Wonderstruck's crystal clear ending brings everything to a nicely poignant head, and the film will linger in the imaginations of many kids and their parents. Rating: 81

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