Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
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  1. The movie is unfailingly likable and finally impressive. Goldin doesn’t settle for easy answers, and he makes you think that no one should.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Broderick, for his part, is playing a role solidly in his late-career wheelhouse: a middle-age disappointment, Ferris Bueller gone to seed. So affecting is Broderick in these parts -- at this point, only Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a better schlub.
  3. Tales of cynical curmudgeons rediscovering their humanity have long been a cinematic staple, but Wonderful World brings a refreshing lack of sentimentality to its take.
  4. The major miscalculation in Wonderful World is the presence of a dream figure, known as the Man (Philip Baker Hall)...he throws this delicate, intelligent film, which at its best suggests a muted hybrid of “The Visitor” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” off balance.
  5. As a misanthropic guy in a dead-end job, Matthew Broderick is more engaging than when he has to be perky.
  6. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    Joshua Goldin's directing debut has soulful qualities that have been compressed into a paint-by-numbers production.
  7. 50
    Broderick’s tendency to hang all his problems on corporate greed and heartless bureaucracy leads to some strange missteps.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Josh Goldin, a longtime screenwriter whose credits include "Darkman" and "Out on a Limb" -- and whose wife is a writer at the L.A. Times -- makes his debut as a writer-director with Wonderful World. The results of Goldin's dual efforts are promising but uneven.
  9. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    The screenplay packs no particular surprises - some of the plot mechanics positively creak - but the leads bring some wattage and warmth to very modest indie fare.
  10. This is a half-baked movie about a half-baked person, but it has a fine, melancholic afterglow.
  11. It's all very sincere, but watching a dweebish depressive learn that Life Is Good is a lesson of diminishing returns.
  12. 50
    Wonderful World feels like a modern-day half-baked riff on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
  13. Credit Broderick and the cast for putting across the fey Indiewood bullcrap with committed, nearly convincing effort.
  14. 38
    Matthew Broderick graduates from "boyish" and lurches straight into "curmudgeonly" in the would-be indie heartwarmer Wonderful World.
  15. It's heartbreaking to see Lathan, an underemployed actress whose talents were last put to good use in 2006's "Something Else," in such a ridiculous, impossible role.

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