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  • Summary: Wonderland explores, in "Rashomon"-like fashion, the brutal multiple murders that took place high atop Wonderland Avenue in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon during the summer of 1981. At first the case seemed to involve only the usual strung-out drug dealers and party hounds, but it quickly became elevated to classic L.A. noir when it was discovered to be connected to the infamous porn king John C. Holmes. (Lions Gate Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Goethals
    When you watch Wonderland, going back twenty years plus, you think you're in for some paleontological expedition. Yet, thanks to James Cox's considered and adept direction, a cast and script that never cheats the experience or realism of Hollywood's enigmatic underbelly -- the drama of the 1981 Wonderland murders is de-petrified.
  2. 75
    Once you leave Wonderland, you may feel like you need a shower, but, while you're in the moment, it's a compelling journey into the depths of hell on earth.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Has absolutely nothing to say about its characters and their lamentable actions.
  4. 50
    True crime procedurals can have a certain fascination, but not when they're jumbled glimpses of what might or might not have happened involving a lot of empty people whose main claim to fame is that they're dead.
  5. Jonesing for headlines and gossip-buzz, Wonderland is too look-Ma for its own good -- the simple story of a doomed hop-hog over his head in bad shit could've hit the nerve if left to tell itself.
  6. It's hard to care what really happened on Wonderland Ave. when the audience hates the neighborhood.
  7. Overblown, overheated, overdirected, overacted, overlong.

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  1. Sarah
    Oct 9, 2005
    This movie was awsome i love the drugs and the stealing but it need more drugs sex n rock n roll!
  2. Andy
    Jan 5, 2007
    I'm surprised this movie did so poorly with critics. I notice that most problems are with character development. This movie is based on a true story and, in my opinion, this film is primarily shedding light on what happened through that murder. In that regard, it is a very good movie. Expand

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