Wonderful World

Metascore
48

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As a misanthropic guy in a dead-end job, Matthew Broderick is more engaging than when he has to be perky.
  4. 50
    Joshua Goldin's directing debut has soulful qualities that have been compressed into a paint-by-numbers production.
  5. 50
    Broderick’s tendency to hang all his problems on corporate greed and heartless bureaucracy leads to some strange missteps.
  6. 50
    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.
  7. 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.
  8. This is a half-baked movie about a half-baked person, but it has a fine, melancholic afterglow.
  9. It's all very sincere, but watching a dweebish depressive learn that Life Is Good is a lesson of diminishing returns.
  10. 50
    Wonderful World feels like a modern-day half-baked riff on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
  11. Credit Broderick and the cast for putting across the fey Indiewood bullcrap with committed, nearly convincing effort.

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