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Wonderstruck Reviews

March 12, 2020
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...
April 5, 2018
It's a unique mixture of the experimental and the sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2018
The plot unfolds like a bad Victorian novel, where the coincidence monster waits at the end of Sentimentality Lane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2018
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 2017
Aims for whimsical, but lands well short of its goal.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 9, 2017
Those who are merely looking for a flick that goes well with popcorn may be bored, but true cinema buffs will be in heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 2, 2017
The longing for interpersonal connection, which is so central to Wonderstruck, reverberates throughout Haynes's work.
October 30, 2017
A sweet, gentle story of two children connecting across time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 27, 2017
Haynes struggles to connect all the dots. Wonderstruck reaches for the stars and falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 27, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 27, 2017
Here, finally, is a children's film for real children, a sincere and humane work that is absent any franchise concerns or daydreams of ancillary product.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2017
The intersection point of the children's respective time lines is predictable and slow to arrive, but the movie is handsomely mounted like all of Haynes's work.
October 26, 2017
It takes some patience, but eventually "Wonderstruck" delivers real awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2017
There's hardly a moment here that isn't gorgeously framed, and Haynes seems to take particular pleasure in meticulously re-creating the Manhattan street scenes of two such distinctive decades.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 26, 2017
Wonderstruck is a smart and interesting and well-acted film. We're just never really struck with ... wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2017
Wonderstruck, for all of it's child-in-danger plotting, has a warmth that points (along with the title) to a safe and sentimental conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2017
Haynes has always favored a quietude in his movies, and he's extremely well-suited to this material. It's a fairy tale full of earned sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 26, 2017
Gradually it begins to dawn that the movie's beauty is in itself an attempt to distract from the film's basic barrenness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 26, 2017
If you're the right impressionable age - 9 or 10 or 11 - "Wonderstruck" may possibly strike you as the best movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2017
Wonderstruck is an evocative movie with a vaguely disappointing narrative that, although it reaches a conclusion, doesn't justify the patience viewers must exhibit to reach that point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2017
"Wonderstruck" fails to convince, so intent is Haynes on banishing loose ends and slotting each coincidence into place. The result is itself a kind of diorama: exquisitely detailed, assembled with infinite care, but lacking the breath of life.
October 20, 2017
Wonderstruck strikes a curious emotional tone, alternating between suspense and quiet wistfulness, with sudden surges of operatic intensity as the two timelines begin to connect.
October 20, 2017
Despite what the title suggests, Wonderstruck represents a rare disappointment from master filmmaker Todd Haynes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2017
In its quieter moments, Wonderstruck occasionally approaches the transcendent, sublime quality Haynes is aiming for-but those times are frustratingly few and far between.
Top Critic
October 19, 2017
Wonderstruck offers much to occupy the eyes and minds of movie buffs and Haynes fans. Yet there's little room left for insight and emotion in this overstuffed cabinet of curiosities.
October 19, 2017
Perhaps out of excessive loyalty to author Brian Selznick instead of his own creative instincts, director Todd Haynes creates an extraordinary film that adds up to less than the sum of its parts. But, oh, it gives a lovely light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
Haynes folds in so many eras and visual styles, it's hard not to be dazzled - and why should you resist? - even if, as usual, he keeps your emotions at arm's length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2017
"I need you to be patient with this story," a key character says to young Ben, and it's good advice for those of us in the audience as well.
October 19, 2017
Even as he follows Mr. Selznick's narrative lead, Mr. Haynes quietly and touchingly makes "Wonderstruck" his own because the wonder of the film isn't in its story but in its telling.
October 19, 2017
It feels a little like a very expensive and ornate frame - without a picture in the middle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2017
There are few directors better than Haynes at adopting varied voices and vernaculars and then blending them to create something intoxicating and new.
October 18, 2017
For a kid in this age of digital devices and content disconnected from experience, Wonderstruck could be its own sort of treasure.
October 18, 2017
Wonderstruck works best as half of a great silent film and, with Simmonds, the showcase of a star being born.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2017
Yes, there's a sweet payoff. But "Wonderstruck" tries one's patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2017
Haynes ... puts a kid-friendly spin on his usual themes of isolation and frustrated longing in "Wonderstruck," an ingenious and often captivating adaptation of Brian Selznick's 2011 children's novel.
June 29, 2017
Haynes lends the film an air of childish magic and Carter Burwell's magnificent front-and-centre score adds energy and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2017
This is an intricate, high-reaching piece of film-making, and there are places where the mechanics don't run as smoothly as they should. But the film's beauty runs so deep, it doesn't matter.
May 26, 2017
[Wonderstruck] is a blend of the graceful and the garish that reaches for magic but ends up more of a cabinet of curiosities than one of wonder.
May 26, 2017
Wonderstruck has its grace notes but there aren't quite enough of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 19, 2017
Haynes' cabinet of wonders is exquisitely carved, inlaid and varnished, but it has precious little inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2017
Todd Haynes's glorious celebration of a boy's own and a girl's own adventure really does leave you wonderstruck -- and in my case, weeping discreetly during the final scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 18, 2017
A soul-stirring and fiercely uncynical film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 18, 2017
This is a film-maker revisiting childhood with great glee and mixed results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
May 18, 2017
Judged just on craftsmanship, Wonderstruck earns its title.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 18, 2017
The film's finest sequences reach for the skies, achieving something like a Haynes-Spielberg alchemy in their consoling tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 18, 2017
For the first time in memory, Haynes is working with a story whose plot outweighs its concept, as lovely as that concept often is.
May 18, 2017
Disappointmentstruck and even rather boredomstruck are reasonable descriptions of my emotional state, having sat through this contrived, self-conscious and twee YA fantasy from director Todd Haynes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2017
Alive with the magic of pictures and the mysteries of silence, this is an uncommonly grownup film about children, communication, connection and memory.
May 18, 2017
An ambitious doohickey impersonating a work of art.