Next Stop Wonderland

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  • Summary: A lighthearted story about a man and a woman who seem destined to be together and the hilarious chain of accidents that seem determined to keep them apart! (Miramax)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Smart and beguiling, it manages the impressive feat of believing wholeheartedly in the power of love without checking its mind at the door.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    Anderson pulls it off, thanks in large part to his witty writing, punchy editing and a likable supporting cast.
  5. 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.
  6. The premise works despite its inbred hokiness due to Anderson's sure direction and the lovely central performances of Hope Davis and Alan Gelfant.
  7. The movie gains a few points for its colorfully filmed Boston background and bright bossa-nova music. But it's filmed in a fake-spontaneous style that's as stale and artificial as the relationships between the characters.

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. PatC.
    Jul 25, 2006
    6
    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. Collapse

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