Wonder Boys Synopsis
A writer (Michael Douglas) and his student (Tobey Maguire) collide with life.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A sweet screenful of quirky chaos.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The most accurate movie about campus life that I can remember.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An often-wondrous comedy, just as rich and surprising as "L.A. Confidential" but considerably less dark.
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82

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
This is certainly the best studio movie of the new year to date, and Douglas might even be remembered at next year's Oscars.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Michael Douglas digs deep and delivers one of his best performances in Wonder Boys -- a comic dazzler of roguish wit and touching gravity...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Lovely performances from McDormand, Downey and Richard Knox, who looks uncommonly like Little Richard, as a bar owner named Vernon...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Among the movie's oddball treats are Robert Downey Jr. as Grady's flamboyant editor and Rip Torn as a pedantic author and sermonizer known...
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75

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Droll mild amusement.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sweet, flaky, and more than a little aimless.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The sentimentality overtakes Wonder Boys when, in the last half hour, it tries to make nice with its characters and fashion a deep message...
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Rated R | For Language and Drug Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ This grand mess of a movie has many pleasures.
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