Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    A gentle fable, full of wit and charm.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    As lightheartedly as the film plays, Morrison manages to say quite a few serious things about immigration and otherness.
  3. Lindo gives a powerhouse performance of immense feeling and subtlety.
  4. 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).
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    70
    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
    70
    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
    60
    Full of charming moments, but swinging hither and thither between mainstream entertainment and an over-cooked anti-racist tract.
  9. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirshling
    58
    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. 50
    It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental. There's even a touch of Frank Capra.
  11. Form and content fight to the death in Wondrous Oblivion, Paul Morrison's defiantly gauzy tale of racial friction in 1960s England.

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