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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as Lillian Mayhew / Older Rose
as Older Walter
as Walter (Age 20)
as Aunt Jenny
as Rose's Father
as Otto, Museum Guard
as Pearl, The Maid
as Dr. Gill, Teacher of the Deaf
as Miss Conrad at the Museum
as Remy Rubin, Theater Director
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Wonderstruck
Always one to dabble in genres and the visionary Haynes applies his handiwork to the silent era capably crafting an homage with perfect stern embouchures, silent screams and protrusive pointed fingers...
It's a unique mixture of the experimental and the sentimental.
The plot unfolds like a bad Victorian novel, where the coincidence monster waits at the end of Sentimentality Lane.
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...
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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