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  • Summary: The Great New Wonderful is populated by people you know: New Yorkers you see on the elevator, in the supermarket, at the gym. Without a trace of sentimentality, director Danny Leiner, a Brooklyn native, and his extraordinary cast paints five portraits of life in this city a year after the attacks of 9/11. (First Independent Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A quieter, less melodramatic piece of work than last year's "Crash," and arguably a better one.
  3. 70
    Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    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.
  6. It is hard to feel much warmth toward people whose most salient feature is their disconnection from reality.
  7. 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.

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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
    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. KenG.
    Jun 29, 2006
    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. Expand
  3. BobC
    Nov 4, 2006
    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. Expand