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The Wonders Image
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 24, 2014
    100
    The film comes and goes without commotion, but its magic settles on you as softly and as steadily as dust.
  2. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    May 24, 2014
    80
    Wise beyond its years, like the teenage protag Gelsomina, Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) is a wistful but no-tears swan song recounting the disappearance of traditional rural life-style in Italy.
  3. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 24, 2014
    80
    The Wonders is a complex and nuanced illustration of a family trying to live by their own standards - whilst only partly failing. Rohrwacher's vision is tactful and restrained, with so much we don't ever know. The characters' histories are there to be guessed rather than spelled out.
  4. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Dec 6, 2014
    75
    Like a rural Fellini, Rohrwacher mixes the mundane with the absurd to create a sometimes fabulous tale that always feels palpably real.
  5. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 24, 2014
    67
    Though there's an admirable sense of messiness to the scenes of family life, the screenplay itself is rather neat: one has a fairly solid sense of how things are going to play out from the early stages, and for the most part that's how it goes, ticking off a checklist of rather familiar beats along the way.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 24, 2014
    60
    An appealing yet oddly insubstantial work, like an early impressionist sketch in need of a little more focus, and perhaps a more suitable frame.