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Based on 36 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Michael Douglas digs deep and delivers one of his best performances in Wonder Boys -- a comic dazzler of roguish wit and touching gravity that is driven by characters, not jokes. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The sentimentality overtakes Wonder Boys when, in the last half hour, it tries to make nice with its characters and fashion a deep message from a trivial story. show more

  • 75
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    Droll mild amusement. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Lovely performances from McDormand, Downey and Richard Knox, who looks uncommonly like Little Richard, as a bar owner named Vernon Hardapple. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Among the movie's oddball treats are Robert Downey Jr. as Grady's flamboyant editor and Rip Torn as a pedantic author and sermonizer known only as Q. show more

  • 82
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    This is certainly the best studio movie of the new year to date, and Douglas might even be remembered at next year's Oscars. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The most accurate movie about campus life that I can remember. show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    A sweet screenful of quirky chaos. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    An often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as "L.A. Confidential" but considerably less dark. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    The first more-than-halfway-decent movie of a new millennium. show more

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