“Wonder” REVIEWS

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“Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:06 am

First one is out and it's a solid B from IndieWire:

“Wonder” is as manipulative as movies get, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes a story needs to steer you; sometimes a story tells you what to feel, but redeems itself by virtue of the sincerity with which it shows why you should feel that way. In much the same way that fables and fairy tales exist to making a particular point, subtlety would be counterintuitive to the very nature of what this film is trying to do. And really, no one should be expecting Chekhov from an inspirational tear-jerker about a deformed little kid whose parents are played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

Auggie is the sun of the Pullman galaxy — to the occasional chagrin of his teenage sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic) — and everyone else is left to figure the best way to share his light with the world. Wilson and Roberts, who fall into a kind of good-cop-bad-cop routine, both excel at letting us in to that struggle.

The film works because it finds some genuine common ground: Everybody wants to be seen, but nobody wants to be stared at. Chbosky might yank us through the wringer like we’re in a car wash, but it’s nice to feel clean for a change.


http://www.indiewire.com/2017/11/wonder ... 201896715/
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:19 am

The Guardian is pretty negative (2 out 5 stars)...

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/n ... ia-roberts
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:29 am

Variety and THR are both very positive:

Roberts and Wilson make a compelling team; they play the Pullmans as supremely sensitive, loving parents who have the occasional tug-of-war spat about what’s best for their special son. Yet both want him to stand up for himself, and to be part of a community. Auggie wants that, too, though the kids he meets at Beecher Prep School don’t make it easy. By the end of his first day there, he has already been nicknamed (after one of his favorite “Star Wars” characters) “Barf Hideous,” and he chops off the rat-tail braid that’s his only fashion statement — a testament to the destructive power of peer pressure. Just enough of the kids treat Auggie like a freak to make the belief that he is one tough for him to shake.


Auggie, over the course of fifth grade, goes from being the school goat to a school hero. Yet Jacob Tremblay, acting from behind his transformative make-up, roots that journey in something real: the fact that who you are, whether you look like Auggie Pullman or someone more “normal,” can be a prison or a liberation, depending on the path you choose. Of all the films this year with “wonder” in the title (“Wonderstruck,” “Wonder Woman,” “Wonder Wheel,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder”), this is the one that comes closest to living up to the emotional alchemy of that word.


http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/wo ... 202612863/

Via and Auggie's parents are supporting characters in the best sense, with Roberts and Wilson bringing effortless warmth, signature touches and well-etched detail to understated roles. Roberts conveys Isabel's love, strength and twinges of maternal anxiety, as well as the mild case of empty nest syndrome that strikes after she nudges her boy out into the world. Wilson's comic relief is perfectly pitched, a smooth deflection of paternal worry. Beyond his childlike streak, Nate is an unconventional type whose executive-suite suits are more a badge of familial devotion than a reflection of his deepest self.


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/wonder-1054898
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby spanish wild on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:43 am

TheWrap positive!

“Wonder” deserves its own round of applause for its unabashed emotionalism and kindness. It’s hard to traverse this ground without turning into a greeting card, but this is that rare film that juggles sentimentality and restraint.


https://www.thewrap.com/wonder-film-review-julia-roberts-jacob-tremblay/
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:53 am

Screen International is mixed, yet Julia got rave!

Wearing makeup that intentionally limits his range of facial expressions, Tremblay occasionally oversells Auggie’s adorable, resilient personality, but Roberts hits all the right notes as a patient mother who put aside her professional aspirations for her child. At the same time, Isabel is no saint, and the Oscar-winning actress brings nuance to the role, revealing how the character’s wonderful rapport with Auggie has caused her to take Via for granted, creating resentment in her daughter. Wilson is more of a peripheral figure as Auggie’s father Nate, but Vidovic perfectly captures the anxieties and sensitivities of a bright teenager trying to navigate friendships and first loves.


https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/won ... 18.article
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby spanish wild on Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:59 am

Two more positive reviews (in Rotten Tomatoes)

8/10

The feel-good film of the year and one that reminds the world to be kind to one another.


Roberts and Wilson step in when they need to and they deliver the goods but this film is really about the young actors


https://weliveentertainment.com/welivefilm/review-wonder-is-the-feel-good-film-of-the-year/

B-

It's probably not a shocker to learn [this] is gonna make you cry. What is a heartrending surprise is how gently it delivers its earnest profundity on the ripple effect of kindness.


http://freshfiction.tv/movie-review-wonder-holds-a-wonderfully-sincere-necessary-message-on-the-ripple-effect-of-kindness/
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby mcv on Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:49 am

i wonder if it will be fresh in rottentomatoes at the end of this cycle. please god, be fresh!
i did not expect for a lot of these critics to be so resistant to the idea that they are just not the demographic for this movie.
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby mcv on Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:43 pm

LOL it counts as a positive review in RT
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainmen ... -1.3629387

it's actually quite negative

do we have another turkey in her hands?
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby Yanzi on Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:55 pm

B+ 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.


http://ew.com/movies/2017/11/14/wonder-movie-review/


B- 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.


https://theplaylist.net/wonder-review-20171114/


The Film Stage is also positive and Julia keeps getting great ink:

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.


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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby OrientExpress on Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:06 pm

RT 76%


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 4

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wonder/
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby mcv on Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:29 am

it's 84% in rottentomatoes. i wish it premiered in Tiff so at least, there's a little bit of Golden Globes buzz. this is probably one of julia's better reviewed movies. the reception reminds me of the reception for charlotte's web. i hope it has a long life as something parents show to their kids.
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby swamer on Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:21 pm

“Wonder” Is Full of Wonder

"Julia Roberts is perfectly cast as earth motherish Isabel. She never tries to dominate a scene but rather steps back to give the spotlight to others in the cast. However we do get to hear the best laugh in Hollywood. Opposite her Owen Wilson provides much of the humor of the film. He has the perfect delivery of all his lines and comes across as a compassionate, loving father."

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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby OrientExpress on Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:19 am

RT 84%

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 63
Rotten: 12

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wonder/
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Re: “Wonder” REVIEWS

Postby OrientExpress on Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:16 am

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certified fresh with 85%


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 69
Rotten: 12

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wonder/
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