Wonderstruck

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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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Movie Info

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.

Cast

Julianne Moore
as Lillian Mayhew / Older Rose
Tom Noonan
as Older Walter
Cory Michael Smith
as Walter (Age 20)
Amy Hargreaves
as Aunt Jenny
James Urbaniak
as Rose's Father
Damian Young
as Otto, Museum Guard
Lauren Ridloff
as Pearl, The Maid
Anthony Natale
as Dr. Gill, Teacher of the Deaf
Carole Addabbo
as Miss Conrad at the Museum
Howie Seago
as Remy Rubin, Theater Director
Brian Berrebbi
as Stage Manager
John McGinty
as Valentin
Mark A. Keeton
as Shopkeeper
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Critic Reviews for Wonderstruck

All Critics (220) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (151) | Rotten (69)

  • It's a unique mixture of the experimental and the sentimental.

    April 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • The plot unfolds like a bad Victorian novel, where the coincidence monster waits at the end of Sentimentality Lane.

    April 4, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is all executed with real verve, showcasing a range of filmmaking styles and all at the service of a sweeping, even cosmic, story. Yet it also, despite the many emotions on display, feels a bit stuffy and soulless...

    April 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Aims for whimsical, but lands well short of its goal.

    November 10, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Wonderstruck is one of those movies that comes around maybe once a year, if we're lucky, which so exceeds my poor powers of description that I'm compelled to ask you to just go and see it without reading anything I have to say about it.

    November 9, 2017 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Wonderstruck

  • Nov 13, 2017
    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
    Bradley J Super Reviewer

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