Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    A quieter, less melodramatic piece of work than last year's "Crash," and arguably a better one.
  2. Working from a stagy script by Sam Catlin, director Danny Leiner uses a dainty palette of tristesse (untouched when he made Dude, Where's My Car?) to suggest that the shadow of 9/11 makes every discontent more pathetic.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    The result is a mixed bag of lozenges, some sweet, some tart and others that just melt away into nothing.
  4. Unfortunately, screenwriter Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner make the unexpected mistake of being too subtle.
  5. Tries way too hard to be clever and shrewd.
  6. The stories are eye-opening and heartwarming at the same time, but you'll be moved less by empathy for the characters than by the summoning of your own emotional memories. This movie is personal.
  7. It is hard to feel much warmth toward people whose most salient feature is their disconnection from reality.
  8. 67
    Overall, there's a patchwork quality to the movie, as if a batch of half-finished short stories were filmed before their time.
  9. 20
    Ironically, Leiner's two monuments to pothead delirium seem vastly more coherent than this hazy attempt to mine the zeitgeist, a film every bit as pointed as its nounless title.
  10. 70
    Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time.
  11. The movie falls short of the grandeur it's reaching for, but if you're looking for balm to soothe your frazzled nerves, you may be able to scrape some from the movie's rawer edges.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    63
    The story lines don't intersect in that schematic, "Crash"-y way, which is refreshing. Less refreshing is the neat-and-tidiness of the individual exchanges in Sam Catlin's script.
  13. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    25
    In the future, more and more filmmakers will do exactly what The Great New Wonderful has done: conceal their lack of ideas by bringing up 9/11.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The new 9/11 movies aim to rekindle feelings that most of us have, by necessity, moved beyond. But there’s more than one way to move beyond, as suggested by the spottily affecting ensemble psycho-comedy The Great New Wonderful.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. ReadN.
    Sep 13, 2007
    9
    I enjoyed the dark humor and the challenging characters. The young couple experiencing relief after their son is gone - not an easy idea to express.
  2. BobC
    Nov 4, 2006
    2
    The last line of dialogue in the film is "I think I'm lost". The line sums up the film for me. After 87 minutes of wathcing the barely The last line of dialogue in the film is "I think I'm lost". The line sums up the film for me. After 87 minutes of wathcing the barely interesting lives of several New Yorkers on the first anniversary of 9/11, I felt lost too. I still don't know where the journey through this film was meant to lead. It felt empty and unsatisfying. Full Review »
  3. KenG.
    Jun 29, 2006
    7
    The connection with 9/11 doesn't really work (and comes of as somewhat pretentious), because it involves an assumption that we were all The connection with 9/11 doesn't really work (and comes of as somewhat pretentious), because it involves an assumption that we were all happily walking around as well-adjusted, and issue-free people prior to 9/11, but never-the-less, this is full of wee-written, and well played character, creating a poignant feel. Full Review »