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Wonder Boys Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The most accurate movie about campus life that I can remember.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Sweet, flaky, and more than a little aimless.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    Droll mild amusement.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

This grand mess of a movie has many pleasures.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has drug and alcohol abuse, adultery, homosexual and heterosexual references (including a transvestite character), references to suicide, and very strong language.

  • Families can talk about what they think of Grady -- hero or fool? Where's the moral compass in this movie? Who do your kids feel empathy for and why? Do they think that Grady's troubles accurately reflect the pressures of adulthood?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Scenes with gun, dog attacks character, dog gets shot, car crash, threats.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Extensive and fairly explicit references, including adultery.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Extensive, including drinking as a response to stress.