Next Stop Wonderland


Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

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  1. The premise works despite its inbred hokiness due to Anderson's sure direction and the lovely central performances of Hope Davis and Alan Gelfant.
  2. 80
    This low-key romantic comedy proves that destiny-powered love stories can be formulaic without being predictable.
  3. While too many things about the story don't ring true for the film as a whole to work, there is enough in Next Stop Wonderland to keep the viewer wide awake and entertained.
  4. Anderson brings compassion to his amused sense of yuppie tragicomedy, as he does to his nuanced understanding of Boston, the setting of this appealing fairy tale.
  5. 80
    Anderson and co-writer Lyn Vaus have a wonderfully light touch with dialogue both comic and sad, and Davis is the perfect mirror for the movie's gracefully shifting moods, and its soulful bossa nova score.
  6. Smart and beguiling, it manages the impressive feat of believing wholeheartedly in the power of love without checking its mind at the door.
  7. 63
    There are times when, as diverting as it can be, Next Stop, Wonderland feels like a lengthy prologue to an as-yet unmade film.
  8. Both actors are so appealing, you root for the inevitable meeting to happen somewhere in the vicinity of Wonderland.
  9. The characters in Wonderland show an intelligent complexity and sharpness of contemporary observation that transcends romantic-comedy clichés.
  10. Next Stop Wonderland isn't really much more than a beautifully acted, finely edited sitcom, but it creates and sustains an intelligent, seriocomic mood better than any recent film about the urban single life.
  11. 90
    Unlike the heavy-handed "Good Will Hunting," this gifted-Boston-misfit romance floats, adroitly mixing thoughtfulness, farce, and surprise.
  12. 70
    Anderson pulls it off, thanks in large part to his witty writing, punchy editing and a likable supporting cast.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Low on plot but high on charm and personality, Next Stop Wonderland is a sly, hand-crafted indie that is very alive and attentive to its characters' feelings and foibles.
  14. 70
    The style of the filmmaking, the freewheeling handheld camera movement, the associative editing, and the buoyant Brazilian score convey Anderson's sense that chance plays a major role in our lives and that what's happening on the periphery is often more important than what's staring us in the face.
  15. Shot with a shaky hand-held camera, Wonderland is a sentimental fairy tale with a gritty documentary feel.
  16. 70
    It's the individual characters, so carefully crafted, who count, as opposed to a tidy conclusion.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. PatC.
    Jul 25, 2006
    Somewhat stereotypical as a romantic comedy, but not to the point of insulting one's intelligence. The conclusion is foregone, but some Somewhat stereotypical as a romantic comedy, but not to the point of insulting one's intelligence. The conclusion is foregone, but some imaginative dialogue carries the project, and Hope Davis' performance is completely believable. Watch for Philip Seymour Hoffman - he only appears for brief moments, but in his case less is definitely more. Full Review »