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338 Ratings


Directed by Todd Haynes
United States, Canada, 2017
Drama, History


The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

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Wonderstruck Directed by Todd Haynes
The sheer intricacy of the film’s construction, including the overlap between its parallel story lines, is in keeping with Haynes’s precision, but he doesn’t quite reach his intended tone of wistful enchantment; you can feel the strain behind the whimsy.
November 21, 2019
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I mostly admired “Wonderstruck,” which cross-cuts between two stories of two children living fifty years apart, mainly for its (seemingly lavish) period details, its many bold or clever directorial touches, and the assured flow of its imagery. . . . Unfortunately, the final section succumbs to a curiously commercial (for Haynes) urge to tie everything up in a too-neat bow.
January 28, 2018
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With its emotional heart nested in the dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History and the Queens Museum’s miniature panorama of New York, the story uncovers not only the sense of wonder but also the loneliness and ache of loss that underlie the curator’s—and filmmaker’s—desire to collect, preserve, and re-create.
January 01, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    It gives me zero satisfaction to say Haynes made his worst film, and despite his background in transgressive cinema, he's perfectly suited to a kids movie about juggled timelines, emotionally resonant artifacts, and children feeling their way towards an identity. But after a wonderful first act, it loses its way, bogged down in the slow, suspense-free linear quests that can befall kids book adaptations.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    One of last year's most underrated American films. How come did this gem go so under the radar during the entire awards season after its promising Cannes debut?! A dreamy story with marvellous soundtrack (Bowie!) and plenty of wasted notebook sheets! The scene at the Panorama was unforgettable.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    WS is outsider art operating well within an accessible framework. In fact it offers such a compendium of 'wonders', designed to show how passion is instigated in the world, that I ALMOST understand finding it messy. Haynes achieves a synthesis with so many forms here (silent/70s/avant-garde) that I was floored before it even connected our love for the arts with a belief in great cosmic coincidences.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    Haynes' latest is an adaptation of the Brian Selznick novel telling two similar tales fifty years apart in his usual technically meticulous style. What's missing this time is the emotional connect which makes this film seem much longer than its runtime. The final section comes together well but its laborious getting there. One can't fault the film on style or its wonderful time period reconstructions. A rare miss

  • Jason's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    WONDERSTRUCK is a Todd Haynes film. It is a masterpiece of design. Surprised? I didn't think so. Yeas, its not only about museums, it's about "the museum." But much more: the subject (and object) of this picture is serendipity and revelation. Something this earnest and open-hearted was liable to be a bit emotionally clumsy. All the more endearing for that, say I. Clumsiness excused or not: packs an ENORMOUS payload.

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    Glad Haynes went in a different direction here making two period pieces in one yet there are images that also hearten back to his Karen Carpenter story. This may not be his most emotionally satisfying movie but it had layers most "children's films" never even aim for.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    CINEMA, DCP _ Selznick wrote a novel for children and it looks altogether like a great Disney film (but here produced by Amazon). The dialogue between the two parts via editing is clever - and Haynes cares to produce images that discuss with other films (Far from Heaven, Mildred Pierce). All his cinema is here at work, the melodrama, the avant-garde, even the puppets. Highly personal but not always on track.

  • Luis Pires's rating of the film Wonderstruck

    This was extra sad because of the scene with Michelle Williams when the kid asks her why she doesn't talk about the father and I immediately thought of Ledger and my heart imploded.

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