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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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  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 50
    Like too many young filmmakers, Anderson seems to equate honesty with choppy editing, bad lighting (so harsh in a couple of shots you can see the pancake on Davis' face) and herky-jerky camera movements.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  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 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