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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The screenplay packs no particular surprises - some of the plot mechanics positively creak - but the leads bring some wattage and warmth to very modest indie fare. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    As a misanthropic guy in a dead-end job, Matthew Broderick is more engaging than when he has to be perky. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Tales of cynical curmudgeons rediscovering their humanity have long been a cinematic staple, but Wonderful World brings a refreshing lack of sentimentality to its take. show more

  • 63
    Washington Post

    Broderick, for his part, is playing a role solidly in his late-career wheelhouse: a middle-age disappointment, Ferris Bueller gone to seed. So affecting is Broderick in these parts -- at this point, only Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a better schlub. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Wonderful World feels like a modern-day half-baked riff on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Matthew Broderick graduates from "boyish" and lurches straight into "curmudgeonly" in the would-be indie heartwarmer Wonderful World. show more

  • 40
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Credit Broderick and the cast for putting across the fey Indiewood bullcrap with committed, nearly convincing effort. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    It's all very sincere, but watching a dweebish depressive learn that Life Is Good is a lesson of diminishing returns. show more

  • 70
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    The movie is unfailingly likable and finally impressive. Goldin doesn’t settle for easy answers, and he makes you think that no one should. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The major miscalculation in Wonderful World is the presence of a dream figure, known as the Man (Philip Baker Hall)...he throws this delicate, intelligent film, which at its best suggests a muted hybrid of “The Visitor” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” off balance. show more

  • December 08, 2009 Shayup
    Report This User

    This is a really sweet well written movie. The cast is very strong, led by Broderick and Sanaa Lathan.

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