from Entertainment Weekly:
Like Eric Stoltz in 1985’s Mask, Tremblay’s Augie is adorable and guileless and you’re rooting for him from the opening scene. So are his adoring parents, who are played by the perfectly cast Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson – a couple I would have had a hard time seeing on paper, but whose chemistry onscreen is undeniable. Roberts’ Isabel has put her life on hold to homeschool Augie, but now that he’s about to enter the fifth grade, she and Wilson think it’s time for him to leave the protective nest of their oversized New York brownstone and face the world. As overprotective parents, it’s not an easy decision. But they know that sooner or later, Augie’s going to have to deal with a moment they’ve been trying to put off forever.
but positive from The Playlist:
The rest of the film’s success comes from the heartfelt performances from the entire ensemble. Tremblay is, of course, given the most dramatic lifting to do, and while “Room” was most certainly his breakout performance, his take on Auggie Pullman is often just as incredible — and that’s without mentioning all the facial prosthetics he has to wear through it all. Tremblay continues to bring an impressive inner life to his performances, without ever making his characters overly cutesy. Auggie Pullman is likely his most challenging role to date, and he pulls it off with absolute gusto. Wilson and Roberts do solid work, never completely disappearing into their characters, but bringing their usual wit and personalities to their individual roles. Wilson, in particular, brings a cool ease to the proceedings, while Roberts puts her usual waterworks to good use. Vidovic, Jupe, and Millie Davis, as Auggie’s other eventual school friend Summer, are similarly impressive and talented beyond their years, while Patinkin uses his usual gravitas with fine aplomb. Also, “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs is fun and charismatic as Mr. Browne, one of Auggie’s standout teachers, though more screen time would’ve been nice.
The Film Stage is also positive and Julia keeps getting great ink:
https://thefilmstage.com/reviews/review ... s-cliches/
Roberts brings substantial dimensions to her role. There is heartbreak, despair, hope, anger, love and so much more in this performance, perhaps the best the actress has given since her Oscar-winning turn in Erin Brockovich. Wilson is her worthy counterpart, hitting all the right notes as the father who cannot let go of the overprotection and guidance he has given his child since his complicated birth.