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88
New York Daily News
The stories are eye-opening and heartwarming at the same time, but you'll be moved less by empathy for the characters than by the summoning of your own emotional memories. This movie is personal.
88
A quieter, less melodramatic piece of work than last year's "Crash," and arguably a better one.
70
L.A. Weekly
Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Working from a stagy script by Sam Catlin, director Danny Leiner uses a dainty palette of tristesse (untouched when he made Dude, Where's My Car?) to suggest that the shadow of 9/11 makes every discontent more pathetic.
63
The result is a mixed bag of lozenges, some sweet, some tart and others that just melt away into nothing.
60
The new 9/11 movies aim to rekindle feelings that most of us have, by necessity, moved beyond. But there’s more than one way to move beyond, as suggested by the spottily affecting ensemble psycho-comedy The Great New Wonderful.
50
It is hard to feel much warmth toward people whose most salient feature is their disconnection from reality.
50
Unfortunately, screenwriter Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner make the unexpected mistake of being too subtle.
25
New York Post
In the future, more and more filmmakers will do exactly what The Great New Wonderful has done: conceal their lack of ideas by bringing up 9/11.
20
Village Voice
Ironically, Leiner's two monuments to pothead delirium seem vastly more coherent than this hazy attempt to mine the zeitgeist, a film every bit as pointed as its nounless title.

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