Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Lindo gives a powerhouse performance of immense feeling and subtlety.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    As lightheartedly as the film plays, Morrison manages to say quite a few serious things about immigration and otherness.
  3. 75
    Generally, thanks to solid performances and very nice cinematography, it hits, if not a home run, at least a solid double (or the British equivalent).
  4. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    A gentle fable, full of wit and charm.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    If writer-director Paul Morrison's film traces a predictable arc from racial unease to acceptance, it's often winning--and sometimes tough-minded--in the details.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Aiming for the tough-minded nostalgia of John Boorman's "Hope and Glory," writer-director Paul Morrison catches both the innocence of childhood and its unconscious cruelty.
  7. Good intentions and some nicely playful moments go a long way toward balancing out Paul Morrison's uneven story of British immigrants in the early 1960s.
  8. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Full of charming moments, but swinging hither and thither between mainstream entertainment and an over-cooked anti-racist tract.
  9. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirshling
    Wondrous Oblivion goes awry in its sloppy racial drama, and although the cricket-training montages are good, they're still training montages, and this is just that kind of overfamiliar movie.
  10. Form and content fight to the death in Wondrous Oblivion, Paul Morrison's defiantly gauzy tale of racial friction in 1960s England.
  11. 50
    It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental. There's even a touch of Frank Capra.

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