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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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Aims for whimsical, but lands well short of its goal.
Those who are merely looking for a flick that goes well with popcorn may be bored, but true cinema buffs will be in heaven.
The longing for interpersonal connection, which is so central to Wonderstruck, reverberates throughout Haynes's work.
A sweet, gentle story of two children connecting across time.
Haynes struggles to connect all the dots. Wonderstruck reaches for the stars and falls short.
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.
As a family adventure, Wonderstruck is more than serviceable, and its portrayal of deaf child heroes could prove truly inspiring, but as Haynes' follow up...it's an undeniable disappointment.
Minor Haynes is still an interesting curio, particularly given the stylistic acumen on display, but it's easily his least effective film thus far.
A handsome, heartening celebration of discovery, undercut by the perceptible dissonance between story and the director's natural affinities.
Wonderstruck is absolutely gorgeous, but doesn't have the substance to back that up.
Wonderstruck is a picture-perfect adaptation of Selznick's novel... with a stylistic focus on the unspoken akin to Haynes' masterpiece Carol.
The two leads of Wonderstruck are both deaf, one of whom is portrayed wonderfully by deaf talent Millicent Simmonds.
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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